Peggy Lee's Bio-Discography:
Appearances With Bing Crosby
(On The Radio, Part VIII)
by Iván Santiago-Mercado

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Scope And Contents

This page is dedicated to the appearances that Peggy Lee made in Bing Crosby's radio shows. During a seven-year span (1946-1953), Lee appeared in 49 episodes of Crosby's program, performing a total of 138 musical numbers. About a third of that output consisted of solo vocals. The remainder comprised duets with the host, as well as a few trios and quartets. Readers interested in an alphabetical listing of all 138 numbers are welcome to consult the index at the very bottom of this page.

Peggy Lee stands alone as the only female singer to appear in four different editions of Crosby's show -- Kraft, Philco, Chesterfield, General Electric. Even among males, this statistic does not seem to have been matched by anyone other than Bob Hope. In the edition for which she most frequently performed (Philco Radio Time), Lee's billing alternated between cast member and special guest. In general, her standing would be best described as that of a semi-regular.

Lee also ranks within the top 3 of Bing Crosby's most frequent female duet partners on his radio series. Having guested in nearly 50 episodes, she is only bested by Rosemary Clooney, whose huge amount of appearances (over 700) is largely due to the fact that she co-hosted a pre-taped 5-minute morning radio show with Crosby in the early 1960s. Placing at #2 is Connee Boswell, who was Crosby's so-called resident chanteuse during the entire 1941-1942 season of his show, and who appeared in 49 episodes (a few of them previous and a few of them subsequent to her residency). Since Lee also appeared in a total of 49 broadcasts, she and Boswell would seem to be tied for total number of appearances. However, the tie is broken by the fact that, many years before her residency, Connee Boswell had appeared in many a Crosby broadcast as part of the group The Boswell Sisters. (The group was actually part of the regular cast of Bing Crosby Entertains; The Makers Of Woodbury Facial Soap Present Bing Crosby.)

Readers interested in crosbyana are also welcome to consult my overview of Bing Crosby's radio career, found among the supplementary pages of this discography. Of further interest should be the two pictorial pages that this Peggy Lee discography dedicates to CDs and LPs containing her collaborations with Crosby at the Decca studios and over the radio airwaves.


Date: May 2, 1946 (Broadcast Date)
Location: NBC Studios, Hollywood, California
Label: Kraft Music Hall, Starring Bing Crosby (11th Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (NBC) I Don't Know Enough About You - 3:07(Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionP 607 - P 608 — Basic Music Library [Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Bob Simmers]   (1946)
Sounds Of Yesteryear Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) 9420 — [Bing Crosby] A.F.R.S. Basic Music Library, Volume 2   (2013)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2431 — Basic Music Library (Programs P452, P550, P552, P600, P607)   
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (NBC) I Don't Know Enough About You - 2:21(Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" Transcription178 — [Bing Crosby] Music Hall    (1946)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 579 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Peggy Lee's Reminiscence

In her autobiography, Peggy Lee expresses a deep sense of gratitude and admiration for Bing Crosby. Amidst the various Crosby-related anecdotes that she shares, there is a reference to an appearance in one of Crosby's Kraft shows: Bing was also so protective of me. Once he found me standing rigid outside the studio at NBC and asked what he could do to help me. He was so sensitive to my early days of nerves and self-consciousness. This was just before airtime on one of Bing's many Kraft programs. I managed to say something like: "When you introduce me, would you please not leave me out there on the stage alone? Would you stand where I can see your feet?" He agreed and always sort of casually leaned on a speaker or piano to give me the support and time I needed to learn about being at ease onstage. You have to love a man like that. He offered everything -- money, cars, his own blood, and even volunteered to personally babysit with our little daughter, Nicki, while [my husband] David was so sick in the hospital. If Lee's recollection of the program as being on Kraft is accurate, then she would definitely be referring to the present episode, which marked her debut on Crosby radio programming.


Location (And Photos)

In the first of the photos seen below, Bing Crosby stands behind an NBC microphone. The (unknown) occasion could very well be a rehearsal for an episode of Kraft Music Hall. The date and location are also unknown.

During an interview conducted in 1972, bandleader John Scott Trotter told author and broadcaster Chuck Schaden that "originally [Kraft Music Hall] was down at Melrose which was a small studio and now is KHJ, I believe." Trotter was referring to the KHJ studio at 5515 Melrose Avenue. Notice, however, his use of the key words 'originally' and 'down.' Those words suggest that the long-running radio show (1933-1949) was held at KHJ only during its earliest period. The bulk of the episodes must have been broadcast from a different facility, which Trotter's mind situated 'up' Melrose Avenue. Since Peggy Lee performed only in the show's last season, that second facility is the one of interest to the present discussion.

Although no details are offered in any of them, some additional sources do refer to another venue: 'NBC Studios.' Presumably, the reference is to NBC's Hollywood compound, a 4-and-a-half acre tract that used to be located in the intersection of Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard (as seen in the second and third photos below). Variously known as NBC Hollywood Studios or NBC West Coast Radio City, these premises were occupied by the network from their construction of the complex in 1938 to about 1962. The compound consisted of a three-story executive building, four auditoriums with a 350-seat capacity, and eight studios. (Pinpointing which of those eight studios served as the home of Kraft Music Hall will remain an impossible task until more information is forthcoming.) The last picture below shows a section of the complex from a different angle. Seen on the far left of the picture is one side of the corner three-story structure, which perhaps was called the RCA building (since those initials are visible near the top of the structure.)






Personnel

1. Episode's Guests
Identified by announcer Ken Carpenter as the show's guests are "the lovely songstress Peggy Lee and racetrack man -- the bookmakers' pinup boy -- Joe Frisco." Per the show's customary policy, Carpenter makes this announcement at the start of the program. At the end of the episode, Bob Hope makes a surprise, unannounced appearance. He brings in a birthday cake for Crosby, who would turn 43 on the next day -- the third of May. (On the 20th of the same month, Peggy Lee would turn 26.)

2. John Scott Trotter
3. Arrangements
4. John Scott Trotter Orchestra
John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra provided the accompaniment for all the episodes of Bing Crosby's show that featured Peggy Lee. Naturally, he did not play in every single rendition. Some selections featured only the members of the rhythm section, rather than the full orchestra. Besides, certain guests brought their own musicians. Peggy Lee herself would sometimes be accompanied by husband Dave Barbour, who was not a member of Trotter's orchestra.

Trotter also served as arranger for the show's selections. Of course, some songs must have not needed Trotter's arranging skills; they might have featured head arrangements, or they might have been straightforward rhythm section performances. It should also be acknowledged that, like other busy arrangers, Trotter is known to have farmed out arrangements from time to time, anonymously enlisting the likes of Billy May and Nelson Riddle. Still, the arranger-bandleader and his orchestra were behind the bulk of the performances that are listed in this page.

The Trotter orchestra's members are identified by name in a handful of the sessions below (January 1, 1947; February 11, 1948; January 26, 1949; September 21, 1949). For all other sessions, we can only speculate that the personnel was similar. Since there is a span of 8 years between the first and last of the episodes to be discussed, changes in the orchestra's membership are likely to have occurred through the years (and through the various incarnations of Crosby's show).

5. Perry Botkin, Sr.
6. Dave Barbour
7. Les Paul
Since the 1930s, Perry Botkin, Sr. was Bing Crosby's regular guitarist on both record dates and radio broadcasts. Botkin also played banjo, lute, ukulele, and other strings.

We know that Botkin was present during the episode under discussion because Crosby addresses him at the start of the program. "Get the guitar right in there, Perry," the crooner is heard to say, as he is about to sing his theme song.

Hence I have tentatively listed Botkin as one of the musicians who played on Peggy Lee's number, whose bridge prominently features guitar. The main reason for the tentativeness is that, as has already been noted, Lee often came to the shows in the company of her husband, guitarist Dave Barbour. On such occasions, he would usually back her. (Then again, those episodes consistently include on-air acknowledgment of Barbour's presence. Crosby credits him by full name. No such credit is heard in the present episode. Also pertinent to this discussion is Lee's already quoted anecdote in which her young nervous self was standing alone in front of the NBC studios. Her loneliness adds to the vague impression that she came to this broadcast without her husband.)

Yet a third possibility: Lee Paul on guitar. In fact, the above-listed CD from Submarine Records credits Paul as the man accompanying Peggy Lee. I do not know of a valid reason for this credit or attribution. Not owning a copy of the CD, I can only wonder if the notes include an explanation for the attribution. (I doubt that they do.) Be that as it may, I have seen the track listing, and noticed that the track which precedes "I Don't Know Enough About You" also identifies Les Paul as the accompanist. The track is "It's Been A Long, Long Time." The Les Paul Trio was indeed featured in the 1945 version of that song which Crosby sang and Decca released. I suspect that the makers of the Submarine CD have assumed that, since Paul was accompanying Crosby on "It's Been A Long, Long Time," Paul must also be playing in the next track from Program 607 of the AFRS Basic Music Library series. If such an assumption was made, the makers of the CD erred. For those AFRS programs, tracks were often culled from a variety of dates and sources. "I Don't Know Enough About You" and "It's Been A Long, Long Time" are not from the same date.


Patter

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee's debut on Bing Crosby radioland is preceded by the following words from the show's host: "A very handy little lady with any kind of a tune is our guest this evening. A highly personable, attractive young lady who has been hitting the jackpot with her recordings in just about every jukebox in the land. Here she is, Miss Peggy Lee." Applause from the audience ensues.

2. Preamble To "I Don't Know Enough About You"
Bing: Good evening.
Peggy: Good evening, Bing.
Bing: How are you, Peg?
Peggy: Well, I didn't know it was your birthday, Bing. I would have brought you a bag of gumdrops, or something.
Bing: Well, I'll take a check on the gumdrops, Peggy, but if you got a song in you, I'll settle for that.
Peggy: Alright, Bing. How about I Don't Know Enough About You?
Bing: Sounds clever. You wrote this song, didn't you, Peggy?
Peggy: Um-hmm.
Bing: And a lot of others. We'll lay it in there.

3. Postscript To "I Don't Know Enough About You"
After Peggy Lee finishes singing, and as the audience's applause is about to subside, Bing Crosby is heard making this somewhat curious comment: "Oh yes. That is worth the money, hmm?" There is no clear context for the comment, which could be taken as a figurative way of complimenting Lee's performance, and nothing more. I am left to wonder, however, if there was a pointed subtext to the comment: could it be that Lee's management had asked for a hefty fee?

Be that as it may, the Peggy Lee segment of the show closes with Crosby's comment. She does not appear in the rest of the episode. What's more, her participation is not even acknowledged during the closing credits. Since acknowledgment of the guests was customary at both the beginning and the end of the episodes, this omission is curious. Perhaps it was an unintentional oversight, or a side effect of the impromptu birthday celebration. Because of Bob Hope's unscheduled appearance and the singing of "Happy Birthday" in the host's honor, Crosby and Carpenter might have had to rush as they recited the closing credits.


Songs

1. Solos And Duets
Most of Peggy Lee's visits to Bing Crosby's show followed the tried-and-true pattern of one solo vocal and one duet with the host. (Sometimes, the pattern was expanded: Crosby and Lee would do more than one duet or, less frequently, she would sing more than one solo.) The pattern was not followed on this debut episode, however. Lee did only a solo rendition of her self-penned hit "I Don't Know Enough About You." Perhaps a prospective duet had to be skipped to make time for the celebration of Crosby's birthday.

2. The Two Versions Of "I Don't Know Enough About You"
Another unusual detail about this episode is that Lee's solo has been preserved in not one but two versions. One version clocks in at 2:21, the other at 3:07.

The shorter version is the one that was heard during the broadcast (at least in the West Coast). I have found no documentation about the 3:07 version, nor do I have evidence that it was broadcast.

The longer version can be heard in the above-listed AFRS transcription disc from the American Forces' Basic Music Library. That disc consists entirely of Bing Crosby vocals, except for Lee's number. I should clarify that the disc only lets us know who the tracks' performers are -- not from where the performances came. Fortunately, the song titles give away their source: all of them were sung in Kraft Music Hall, the vast majority during the 1946 season.

But, of course, we already know that this 3:07 version was not actually heard in the broadcast itself. We thus have a mystery in our hands.

Despite the absence of any factual data, the 3:07 version can be safely incorporated to this session on account of its extreme similarity to the 2:21 version. They are so similar that the latter sounds like an edit of the former. The main difference is the inclusion of an instrumental interlude and an additional chorus in the 3:07 version, both of them absent from the 2:21 version.

Could the AFRS track then be a full version of a performance that was edited for the actual broadcast? Since Crosby's Kraft Music Hall radio shows were not pre-recorded but broadcast live, the creation of an edit does not seem at all likely. (It was not until the show's subsequent sponsorship from Philco that the episodes began to be pre-recorded.)

A more plausible explanation for the 3:07 version of "I Don't Know Enough About You" is that it originates in the East coast enactment of the episode. (Due to the different time zones in the United States, each live episode had to be performed twice, once for the West coast and once for the East coast.) Unless both broadcasts featured the 'surprise' birthday appearance, there would have been enough time for a longer Peggy Lee vocal in the Hope-less broadcast.

An even likelier possibility is that the 3:21 version comes from the show's rehearsal. In his theory (to which I am leaning), the rehearsal would have been recorded to disc for use by AFRS or other entities.



Philco Radio Time


Bing Crosby left NBC's Kraft Music Hall to be the host of ABC's Philco Radio Time. Having signed a contract for three seasons, his tenure lasted from October 16, 1946 (the first season's opening broadcast) to June 1, 1949 (the third season's last broadcast). The half-an-hour series aired on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. (A partial exception was the East coast, where it originally aired at 10:00 p.m. But by its third season, the program had been moved to the 9:00 p.m. slot in the east coast, too.) Holdovers from the Kraft period, announcer Ken Carpenter and bandleader Johnny Scott Trotter continued to work side by side with the crooner for the entire run of this series (and succeeding ones).

Philco Radio Time is an important show in the history of radio and in the trajectory of Crosby's career. It introduced to the airwaves the concept of pre-taping, which in just a few more years would fully take over, becoming the norm not only on radio but also at the recording studio. (For additional details, see October 1, 1947 entry below.) The series also marked a rise in power for The Old Groaner: he was given a substantial amount of executive control and creative freedom. In essence, the show was created as a Crosby vehicle, and the host took full advantage of such an arrangement. Even the tapings themselves enhanced Crosby's standing within the music industry. In the November 1946 issue of Capitol News, Dave Dexter, Jr. observes that the "[b]iggest social events of the fall season hereabouts are the Bing Crosby bashes. Bingo cuts a raft of transcribed radio shows in advance for his Wednesday ABC series and everyone in Hollywood tries to sit in on the festivities."

Peggy Lee was Philco Radio Time's semi-regular girl singer, appearing in 34 of the series' 108 episodes. The earliest episodes of the season actually featured Lina Romay as the regular girl singer, but she was gone -- or she was let go -- after the first season's sixth installment. A promotional write-up in the October 1946 issue of the magazine Capitol News claims that Lee had been "wanted for Bing Crosby's Philco series but [the success of her current engagement at New York's] Paramount kept her from accepting." If this claim is accurate, Crosby's folk might have been waiting for Lee to return from New York, and Romay might have been hired just for the weeks in which Lee was away. Later articles from the same magazine suggest that a formal contract to be the regular girl singer was offered to Lee in January of 1947. That contract was not signed because it was not to Lee's liking. But, in February of 1947 she finally signed a new contract that officially made her a regular member of the show.

Lee's 34-episode log can be itemized as follows: 12 from the first season (1946-1947), 6 from the second season (1947-1948), and 13 from the third season (1948-1949). As suggested by the comments made in the preceding paragraph, Crosby, Philco and ABC had probably made general plans for her to appear in even more episodes. Such plans were thwarted when Lee signed instead with The Jimmy Durante Show For Rexall, becoming Durante's regular female singer through the full 1947-1948 season.

For some stretches, Philco Radio Time billed Peggy Lee as part of its cast; for other stretches, she was billed as a guest. No other so-called guest came anywhere near the amount of appearances amassed by Lee. The series actually enjoyed the visits of quite a few guests, both male and female, but most of them guested just once or twice, with merely a handful showing up on three or more occasions. After Lee, the largest number of guest appearances (five or six) were made by Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, Al Jolson, and Alec Templeton.

For a less Lee-centered, more generally oriented overview of the Philco series, consult the supplementary page that this discography dedicated to Bing Crosby's career. (The first of the page's sections about Philco is the sixth one.)


Date: Dec. 11, 1946 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-recorded 11/22&24/46)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time Starring Bing Crosby (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Dave Barbour (g), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Linger In My Arms A Little Longer - 2:41(Herb Magidson)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Mat Mc/Cd 316 — Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee   (1994)
Hughes Leisure Group Public Domain CD(Australia/New Zealand) Stb 8849 — Peggy Lee ("20 Golden Greats / Starburst" Series)    (1994)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) It's A Good Day(Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee)
Shout Factory Licensed CDDk 31516 — [Bing Crosby] Swingin' With Bing   (2004)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 9 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1946)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 153 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guests
Announcer Ken Carpenter refers to the episode's guests as "the charming chantoose Peggy Lee and Jerry Beaver Lip Colonna."

2. Solos And Duets
"Linger In My Arms A Little Longer" is a Peggy Lee solo performance. "It's A Good Day" would eventually prove to be the quintessential Lee-Crosby duet. In addition to this initial performance, Crosby and Lee went on to tackle the song on three additional broadcasts (January 8, 1947; March 19, 1947; April 23, 1947). Bing also sang a solo rendition during the June 19, 1947 episode of the show.

3. Dave Barbour
After Peggy Lee finishes her solo, Crosby credits "Peggy's husband, Dave Barbour" as the performance's guitarist.


Songs

1. "It's A Good Day"
The December 11, 1946 issue of Variety includes an ad on behalf of the Barbour-Lee composition. Placed by Capitol Songs, Inc., the ad highlights the fact that the song would be having its radio premiere in this episode of Crosby's show.


Patter And Sketches

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee And Preamble To "Linger In My Arms A Little Longer"
Claiming that Bing Crosby's show is in need of more glamour, comedian Jerry Colonna tells us that he has "taken the liberty of bringing along three of the most beautiful and seductive stars" in Hollywood. Colonna then introduces the three stars that he has brought with him: Sonya Henie, Esther Williams, and Dorothy Lamour. Or rather, he supposedly introduces them. This is a gag; none of the three ladies is present. Shortly thereafter, Crosby proceeds to pave the way for Peggy Lee's entrance.
Bing: Oh, Jerome, those girls were grand but now if you don't mind I'd like to introduce a real-live doll. She does a great song, too. The lovely, vivacious, willowy blonde ...
Jerry: You mean Skitch Henderson?
Bing: No, Colonna. [Audience laughter.] I mean a gal whose special brand of vocalizing is making jukeboxes jump from Jackson Heights to Jasper Park: Miss Peggy Lee. [Audience applause.]
Peggy: Thanks, Bing.
Bing: You gotta a song for us, Peg?
Peggy: Well, I'd like to do Linger In My Arms A Little Longer, Baby.
Bing: Hmm. I'll stand close by in case you need a lingerer, hmm?
After she finishes the rendition, and as the audience applauds, Crosby remarks: "very sultry, Peggy. Très romantique." (He places a Latin-styled emphasis on the first letter of the adjective romantique.)

2. Santa Claus Sketch
In the episode's sketch, Bing Crosby plays Santa Claus and Peggy Lee plays mother to Jerry Colonna's lecherous character. The Colonna character (a child who paradoxically is fully grown and already shaving) wishes Santa to bestow on him "presents of the comely variety."

3. Preamble To "It's A Good Day"
Bing: I'd like to have another word with Peggy Lee.
Peggy: Right here, Bing.
Bing: Peggy, I heard one of your new tunes, from the record, the other day. One you wrote. I'd like to learn it.
Peggy: Which one was that, Bing?
Bing: I think it's called It's A Good Day.
Peggy: Oh, yes. Well, why don't you run through it with me right now?
Bing: Sure beats ?scratching [?grazing] by myself. You'll catch me if I slip, will you, moll?
Peggy: Alright; hang on tight.
Bing: Here we go.


Photo



Seen above is a photograph of Bing Crosby, dated 1946. (Not being an expert in Crosbyana, I cannot fully vouch for the accuracy of this date, which I found in an online source. Since I have come across online sources with patently wrong dates for Peggy Lee photos, I am naturally wary of the accuracy in the case of this and most other Crosby photos as well. Should Crosby experts know my sources' date to be wrong, I would appreciate receiving corrections.)


Date: Dec. 18, 1946 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-recorded 11/30&12/02/46)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time Starring Bing Crosby (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Dave Barbour (g), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) It's All Over Now - 2:35(Don Marcotte, Sunny Skylar)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Mat Mc/Cd 316 — Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee   (1994)
Hughes Leisure Group Public Domain CD(Australia/New Zealand) Stb 8849 — Peggy Lee ("20 Golden Greats / Starburst" Series)    (1994)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd Cd 153 — Let There Be Love (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1995)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Everything's Movin' Too Fast - 2:15(Peggy Lee, Dave Barbour)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 10 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1946)
USA Government's Veterans Administration 16" TranscriptionProgram No. 34 — "Here's To Veterans" [Bing Crosby]    (1946)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
HLC CDHlc 6649 — [Bing Crosby] On The Air; Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee   (2000)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 153 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guests
There are no guests in this episode. Peggy Lee's name is announced as part of the cast: "This is Ken Carpenter welcoming you to Philco Radio Time, produced and transcribed in Hollywood with John Scott Trotter, His Chorus And Orchestra, Skitch Henderson, The Charioteers, Peggy Lee, and here's our goldenboy trush himself, Bing Crosby."

2. Solos And Duets
"It's All Over Now" is a Peggy Lee solo performance. "Everything's Moving Too Fast" is performed as a Crosby-Lee duet.

3. Dave Barbour
After Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee's duet rendition of "Everything's Moving Too Fast" is over, Crosby makes the following acknowledgment: "Oh yes, sir, everything is moving, uh, muy rápido. And I would like to point out that Dave Barbour threw out in some fine [?hot] guitar behind us."


Patter And Songs

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee And Preamble To "It's All Over Now"
Bing: The happy task at hand just now is to present Peggy Lee. Peggy was here last week and those of you who heard her will understand why she is a definite must for this week.
Peggy: Well, thank you, Mr. C. You seem to be in an expansive holiday mood this eve.
Bing: Oh, I'm jolly, Peg, jolly. Got my Christmas shopping all done.
Peggy: Um-hmm.
Bing: Bought the kids just want they wanted, you know. A herd of sheep.
Peggy: [Chuckles.] Well, what did your boys want with a herd of sheep?
Bing: Oh, they'll take anything to get out of mowing the lawn! [Audience laughter.]
Peggy: Gee, Bing. I just can't believe that you are the father of four boys.
Bing: Well, as they say in The Red Skelton Show, now medical science offers proof positive ... [Audience laughter] ... which brings us to your first musical offering. What'll it be?
Peggy: It's All Over Now.
Bing: Oh, this I know will be great.
After Peggy Lee's rendition, and as the audience applauds, Crosby adds: "oh, lovely. That was grand, Peg."

2. Preamble To "Everything's Moving Too Fast"
Bing: To those of you who are not accustomed to peering at the credits on sheet music, we'd like to remind you that Miss Peggy Lee not only has sung the songs through the mike. She's also put quite a few of them down on paper, along with Dave Barbour. Tonight they've come with a new one, recently titled -- uh -- I believe its in your script there, Peggy. Wh- what's the name of it?
Peggy: Yes, uh, Everything's Moving Too Fast.
Bing: Well, let's sing it together. I'll slow up for you a little.
Peggy: Heh. [Audience laughter.]
Peggy: Ha, okay Bing, let's take some, and leave some.
Bing: Yes, ma'am.


Date: Jan. 1, 1947 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-recorded 12/14&16/1946)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time Starring Bing Crosby (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Richard Clark, Morton Friedman, Joe Krechter, John "Jack" Mayhew, George Moore (r), Robert "Bobby" Guy, Uan Rasey (t), William "Bill" Atkinson, Peter Beilmann, Wendell "Gus" Mayhew (tb), Arthur Frantz (frh), Loring "Red" Nichols (c), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Edwin "Buddy" Cole (p), Ann Mason (hrp), John Cyr (d), Harry Bluestone aka Blostein, Samuel "Sam" Freed, Jr, Harold Haybert, Henry Hill, Larry Kurkdjie, Bill Miller, Mischa Russell, Olcott Vail (vn), Meyer Bello, Leo Fleitman (vl), Cy Bernard, Karl Rossner (vc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) He's Just My Kind - 2:56(Floyd Huddleston, Mark McIntyre)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Mat Mc/Cd 316 — Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee   (1994)
Hughes Leisure Group Public Domain CD(Australia/New Zealand) Stb 8849 — Peggy Lee ("20 Golden Greats / Starburst" Series)    (1994)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd Cd 153 — Let There Be Love (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1995)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Baby, You Can Count On Me - 2:46(Freddie Stewart)
Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CS/LP(United Kingdom) Awe 10 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby & Friends, Volume II   (1984)
Delta's LaserLight Digital Licensed CD12642 — Miss Peggy Lee ("More Of The Best" Series)   (1996)
Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Dawe 3; also Dsoy 752 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby & Friends ("Sounds Of Yesteryear" Series)   (2008)
JGB Limited Edition Club Collectors' Label LPJgb 1005 — [Bing Crosby] Slightly Latin   
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 12 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1946)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2133 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Photo



ABC advertisement, promoting the networks Wednesday primetime schedule, with emphasis on Bing Crosby and his Philco Radio Time.


Personnel

1. Guest
Joe Frisco was the episode's guest. As in the previous show, Peggy Lee was billed as part of the show's cast, and she was again announced last, right before the identification of the guest. This billing pattern remains in place for the next episodes in which Lee appears. She is also among the various cast members who, at the start of this episode, exchange "happy new year" greetings with Bing Crosby.

2. Musicians
The above-listed personnel includes all the musicians that performed in this episode. Since it is a collective personnel, the claim that all of them were heard behind Lee should be deemed tentative at best. My source for this personnel is The Red Nichols Story: After Intermission, 1942-1965, written by Philip R. Evans, Stanley Hester, Stephen Hester, and Linda Evans. No bassist is listed.

3. Solos And Duets
Peggy Lee performed "Baby, You Can Count On Me" as a duet with Bing Crosby. "He's Just My Kind" was Lee's solo performance. She would reprise the solo a few weeks later (February 12, 1947).


Patter And Songs

1. Introduction To Peggy Lee's Solo
Bing: It's Miss Peggy Lee, our sensational song stylist. What are you going to tantalizing us with tonight, Peg?
Peggy: Well, I'd like to sing He's Just My Kind.
Bing: It'd just be très [unintelligible French adjective].

2. Introduction To The Crosby-Lee Duet
Bing: And now it's encore time for Peggy Lee. She's going to sing one of her current record successes, Baby, You Can Count On Me.
Peggy: Oh-aah, I thought you were going to sing Baby with me, baby.
Bing: Of course, what am I thinking of. I'm packing a small New Year's Day neurosis here, I guess. You start, don't you, Peg?


Date: January 8, 1947 (Broadcast Date)(Pre-recorded, Date Unknown)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time Starring Bing Crosby (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) What More Can A Woman Do - 3:02(Peggy Lee, Dave Barbour)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
President Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Plcd 550 — Listen To The Magic    (1996)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
Castle Pie Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Piesd 045 — Mañana    (1999)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) It's A Good Day(Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 13 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1946)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 154 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guest
This episode's guest was Mickey Rooney.

2. Solos And Duets
"What More Can A Woman Do" is a Peggy Lee solo performance; she shares vocal duties with Bing Crosby on "It's A Good Day." Apparently a favorite duet of theirs, "It's A Good Day" was jointly sung by Lee and Crosby in four different episodes (December 11, 1946, January 8, 1947; March 19, 1947; April 23, 1947). Besides the likelihood that the pair of vocalists enjoyed singing it together, the recurrence of the hit song in the show was probably due to its popularity at the time. Crosby also sang a solo rendition during an episode broadcast on June 19, 1947.


Patter And Songs

1. Preamble To Peggy Lee's Solo
Bing: And now my lipped lips flutter as a lovely vision appears on the opposite side of this very mike. I'm quite sure it's Miss Peggy Lee.
Peggy: Hi, Bing; is that you around there?
Bing: Yeah; is that you, Peg?
Peggy: Umhmm.
Bing: What are you gonna sing for us?
Peggy: What More Can A Woman Do.
Bing: Yes, you and Dave Barbour did a nice job writing there, Peggy, on that song. As usual, I'm sure we can expect a lovely rendition by you as well.
Peggy: Thank you; I'll do my best.
Bing: Well, I don't know what more a man can ask for.
After Lee's rendition ends, and as the audience effusively applauds, Bing adds: "I loved it, Peggy. I loved every measure of it. Thank you."

2. Preamble To The Crosby-Lee Duet
The episode's script calls for the young Mickey Rooney to play an aspiring songwriter -- an over-eager and opportunistic one. Hence Rooney's songwriting skills become the main topic of conversation between the young guest and the Old Groaner. The conversation culminates in Rooney's successful attempt at having Crosby sing one of his songs. Right after the number is over, Peggy Lee is re-introduced.
Bing: Peggy Lee now returns and I hope to join her in a song called It's A Good Day.
Mickey: Weell. Hi, Peg.
Peggy: Hi, Mickey.
Mickey: Say, Peggy, you got a minute? Look. I got a little tune here I'd like to talk to you about. It's a small...
Bing (interrupting): Please, Mickey. Just -- listen, we've got to do a little work here. Should we take off, Peggy?
Mickey: Sorry, sorry.
Bing: [unintelligible - ?cute?] partner.


Date: February 5, 1947 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-recorded 01/20&21/46)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time Starring Bing Crosby (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Dave Barbour (g), Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) It's Lovin' Time - 2:55(Harry Harris, J. Chalmers "Chummy" MacGregor)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 17 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1947)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2134 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Songs

1. Solos And Duets
"It's Lovin' Time" is a Peggy Lee solo. This episode features no duet with Crosby.


Photo



Seen above is a photograph of Bing Crosby, dated 1947. (Not being an expert in Crosbyana, I cannot gully vouch for the accuracy of this date, found in one of my sources. I am wary becaurse I have come across various sources which had patently wrong dates for Peggy Lee photos. Should my sources' date be wrong for of Crosby's photos, I would appreciate receiving corrections.)


Personnel

1. Guest
2. Peggy Lee
This episode's guest is Beatrice Lillie. Peggy Lee continues to be listed as part of the cast, not as a guest. Lee and Lillie are not heard interacting; Lee does her singing before Lillie is introduced.

3. Dave Barbour
The source for the credit to Dave Barbour on guitar is an acknowledgment made by Bing Crosby's during the episode.


Patter

2. Philco Commercial
1. Preamble To "It's Lovin' Time"
In this episode, announcer Ken Carpenter's commercial pitch on Philco's behalf starts with commentary about how bulky radios used to be. Peggy Lee is introduced in the middle of the pitch.
Ken: Here's one portable that's really light and compact.
Bing: Oh, something along my lines -- slender and svelte.
Ken: Well .... Uh ... I don't know. If you don't mind, Bing, I'd rather compare the Philco portable with Peggy Lee's lines.
Bing: Oh, you are positively psychic, Kenneth, because here comes Peggy Lee right now. Hi, Peg. You had a nice vacation up in Las Vegas?
Peggy: Yeah. Could I sing my song right now?
Bing: What's your hurry?
Peggy (tongue in cheek): I need the money!
...
Bing: Oh say, Peggy. I want to congratulate you on winning the Downbeat poll for the Most Popular Girl Singer
Peggy: Oh, thank you.
... [Carpenter finally makes his pitch.] ...
Bing: Peggy Lee returns from a smashing engagement in Las Vegas to sing It's Lovin' Time, by J. Chalmers MacGregor.
After Lee finishes singing, Crosby adds, "thank you, Peggy, that was lovely. Dave Barbour came on really good with that guitar, too."


Date: February 12, 1947 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-recorded 1/27&28/46)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time Starring Bing Crosby (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) He's Just My Kind(Floyd Huddleston, Mark McIntyre)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) The Best Man(Roy Alfred, Fred Wise)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 18 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1947)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2135 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guest
Groucho Marx guests on this episode. The very popular comedian is heard almost all the way through the episode -- i.e., more extensively than most other guests. Peggy Lee is listed as part of the show's cast.

2. Solos And Duets
"He's Just My Kind" is a Peggy Lee solo, "The Best Man" a duet with Bing Crosby. The solo had also been sung in a previous episode (January 1, 1947). The duet would be reprised in the next broadcast to feature Lee (March 12, 1947).


Patter

1. Philco Commercial
2. Preamble To "He's Just My Kind"
After Bing Crosby finishes one of his solos, Ken Carpenter uses Peggy Lee's interpretation of "He's Just My Kind" as a pretext to promote Philco portable radios.
Ken: Well, that was very good, jolly. Very nice, but I -- I do wish that Peggy Lee would sing her number.
Bing: Why, is Peggy singing something about Philco?
Ken: Well, no, but the title of her tune is It's Just My Kind. That certainly applies to Philco radios and Philco radio phonographs.
Bing: There we go again.
Ken: They are everybody's kind.
Bing: I don't know of any tune called It's Just My Kind. Eh ... Peggy.
Peggy: Yes, Bing?
Bing: What are you singing tonight?
Peggy: He's Just My Kind.
Ken: He's Just My Kind. Gee, I wish it was It's instead of He's.
Bing: Ken, you will just have to talk about boy radio tonight.
Ken: Okay, i'll just do that: boy oh boy, what a powerhouse the new Philco portable is.
Bing: Miss Peggy Lee will now sing "He's Just My Kind."
Ken: Just a minute, please. On second thought, Bing, I object to that boy radio stuff. When I think a little portable radio gets you stations that are hard to tune in even big sets, I feel like blowing my top.
Bing: For heavens sake, wait till you wait home.
Ken: Anyway, it's a husky he-man portable radio, rugged enough to stand plenty of traveling ... [Carpenter continues with his pitch at length.] ... Call it a boy radio; I call it the giant of portables. And it's a Philco, famous for quality the world over.
Bing: What a brave man. I like you.

2. Segueway From "He's Just My Kind" To The Comic Patter
Bing: That was fine, Peggy. Mighty sweet.
Peggy: Thanks Bing.
Bing: Oh, it's nothing. I'd say that to any deserving kid. And if I might add, you are not only deserving, but also a very beautiful creature.
Groucho: Yes, she is a very beautiful creature, and a not a bad looking woman, either.
Bing: Well, if it isn't Groucho the-fun-loving Mark.
The audience applauds, and the two men move on to exchanging lines, without Lee's involvement.


Date: March 12, 1947 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-recorded 02/08/47)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time Starring Bing Crosby (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe - 3:21(Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Harold Arlen)
Demand Performance Collectors' Label cassetteDpc 707 — The Unforgettable Peggy Lee   (1985)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) The Best Man - 2:06(Roy Alfred, Fred Wise)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 22 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1947)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 336 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Photo



Bing Crosby in the front cover of a magazine issue published in March 1947.


Personnel

1. Guests
2. The Ernie Felice Quartet
3. Peggy Lee
No guests are announced in this episode, but The Ernie Felice Quartet is a new addition to the mix. Although this is their only appearance during the season, Ken Carpenter lists the quartet as if it were part of the cast: "The Charioteers, Skitch Henderson, Peggy Lee and the Ernie Felice Quartet."

This episode is actually packed with music (as Bing declares at the outset) and relatively low on patter. The aforementioned acts are granted one solo each. Peggy Lee is also given a somewhat bigger speaking role than usual.

At the end of the program, the customary announcement of the next week's guest takes an usual turn. Ken Carpenter states that "at this moment" the guest's identity "is shrouded in mystery." Apparently, nobody had been securely booked yet.

2. Solos and Duets
For her solo, Peggy Lee sings "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe." As for "The Best Man," the Lee-Crosby duet, it had already been heard one month earlier in the show, during the previous episode to feature the songstress (February 12, 1947).


Patter

1. Preamble And Postscript To "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe"
As music plays in the background, Bing Crosby makes the following comment.
Bing: Oh my. Such moody music could only presage the return to the Philco fold of Miss Peggy Lee. What are they building up to there, Peggy?
Peggy: Well that's Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe, Bing.
Bing: Well I'm all ears, and I'm only half kidding.
After Lee finishes the song, and as applause is heard, Bing speaks again.
Bing: Grand, Peggy, and thank you. But don't run away; I have important business with you here a little later.
Peggy: You mean you are going to give me my paycheck?
Bing: No, [Peggy is heard chuckling]; I thought we could sing a little song together.
Peggy: Oh, gee, that's better than money any day.
Bing: Hmm, Peggy if you only meant that.
Peggy: Oh, I do, Bing, I do.
Bing: Well, things are beginning to break for me. Peggy doesn't want to get paid and Hank Greenberg signed with The Pirates! Everything ... [The audience's applause seems to interrupt him, and what sounds like an abrupt edit follows. The rest of Crosby's comment is cut and the audience's applause suddenly stops. The crooner is then heard introducing The Ernie Felice Quartet.]

2. Preamble To "The Best Man"
Bing: And now, right on cue and standing mike-side with me is Peggy Lee with all her loveliness.
Peggy: Well, thanks, Bing; I appreciate what you say.
Bing: I appreciate what I see. [Quick chuckle from Peggy, the audience, and Bing himself.] Peg, we did a tune together some time ago called "Best Man." Two or three people told me it went rather well.
Peggy: Oh. Well, do you think we should do it again?
Bing: I think it's destiny.
[Peggy chuckles.]


Date: March 19, 1947 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-recorded 03/03&04/1947)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time Starring Bing Crosby (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) It's A Good Day - 1:42(Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Delta's LaserLight Digital Licensed CD12641 — Miss Peggy Lee ("Some Of The Best" Series)   (1996)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Just Squeeze Me - 2:23(Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 23 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1947)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" Transcription109 — Bing Crosby   
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 337 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guest
Danny Kaye, this episode's guest, does not interact with Peggy Lee during the broadcast.

2. Solos And Duets
"Just Squeeze Me" is a Peggy Lee solo vocal performance. "It's A Good Day" apparently was a favorite Lee and Crosby duet. They performed it in four episodes (December 11, 1946, January 8, 1947; March 19, 1947; April 23, 1947) -- more than any other number. A solo rendition of Lee's self-penned his was also sung by Crosby during an episode broadcast on June 19, 1947.


Patter

1. Preamble To "Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)"
Bing: And here's Peggy Lee. What's the tune tonight, Peg?
Peggy: Squeeze Me, But Please Don't Tease Me.
Bing: Very interesting thoughts in there. I'll work it out.
After Lee finishes the song, and as the audience applauds, Bing compliments her: "very nice, Peggy. Wonderful."

2. Preamble To "It's A Good Day"
Bing: And now, Peggy Lee, congratulations on yours and Dave Barbour's tune Good Day [sic]. It's right up there with the leaders.
Peggy: Oh, well, shall we sing it?
Bing: Well, I think it's a must.


Photo



Picture of Bing Crosby, said to date from the 1940s.


Date: March 26, 1947 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-recorded 03/11/46)
Location: ABC, Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time Starring Bing Crosby (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) For Sentimental Reasons - 2:42(William "Pat" Best, Ivory "Deek" Watson)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 24 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1947)
Bernard Fox's American Retrospectives Collectors' Label LPMf 207 5 (419-422) — [Bing Crosby] The Greatest Radio Broadcasts   (1978)
Black Lion Collectors' Label LPBlm 52033 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Peggy Lee, Jack Benny And Gary Cooper   (1983)

Personnel

1. Guest
Guest Jack Benny and his wife Mary do not interact with Peggy Lee during the broadcast.


Patter

1. Preface To "For Sentimental Reasons"
Bing: Peggy Lee is here to sing and for a very definite reason -- eh, Peggy?
Peggy: Yep, For Sentimental Reasons.
Bing: Well, it worked out just like [unintelligible].
After the number is over, Crosby adds: "that was very sweet, Peggy. Very sweet, indeed."


Personnel

1. Tentative Full Personnel
For most Philco Radio Time episodes, including this one, personnel details are unknown to me. Full personnel details are easily available only for episodes in which Al Jolson guested. Such details can be found in The Red Nichols Story: After Intermission, 1942-1965, written by Philip R. Evans, Stanley Hester, Stephen Hester, and Linda Evans. (The authors' own source probably was an Al Jolson discography.) Although Peggy Lee did not appear in any Crosby show episodes featuring Jolson, we can surmise that the personnel for contemporaneous Jolson and Lee broadcasts was somewhat similar. For instance, the personnel for the present session is likely to have shared a lot of names with the following personnel:

Richard P. Clark, Murray Cohan, Nicholas Dann, Morton B. Friedman, Joseph Krechter (r)
Donald Anderson, Uan Rasey (t)
Peter Beilman, Wendell "Gus" Mayhew, Elmer Smithers (tb)
Loring "Red" Nichols (c)
Perry Botkin (g)
Charles LaVere (p)
Helen Hutchison (hrp)
John Cyr (d)
"Doc Whiting" (sb)
Walter Edelstein, Samuel Freed, Henry Hill, Caesar S. Kersten, Sam Leichter, Mayer Oberman, Nicholas Pisani, Mischa Russell (vn)
Allan Harshman, Gary White (vl)
Fred Goerner, Arthur Kafton (vc)
William "Billy" May, Walter Sheets (arr)

The above-listed personnel participated in a rehearsal held on March 31, 1947. The rehearsal was for Jolson's segments on the May 7, 1947 episode of Philco Radio Time.


Date: April 9, 1947 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-recorded 03/17/47)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time Starring Bing Crosby (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Loring "Red" Nichols (c), Alec Templeton (p, v), Ken Carpenter, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Speaking Of Angels - 3:18(Bennie Benjamin, George David Weiss)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 26 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1947)
Demand Performance Collectors' Label cassetteDpc 707 — The Unforgettable Peggy Lee   (1985)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 338 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) [Musical Commercial] Mr. Crosby And Mr. Templeton For Philco(Alec Templeton)
unissued

Photo




Another publicity shot of Bing Crosby. Dated 1947.


Personnel And

1. Guest
Guest Alec Templeton interacts with Peggy Lee solely during the episode's variation on the customary Philco commercial.

2. Red Nichols
Bing Crosby credits Red Nichols with the prominent cornet backing heard during Peggy Lee's solo vocal. (Nichols was one of the series' regular musicians. Like other regular players, he was acknowleged and singled out only when he performed an attention-grabbing solo or had a notable role in a given interpretation.)


Songs

1. Solos And Duets
"Speaking of Angels" is a Peggy Lee solo performance. In this episode, she does not so any duets with Crosby.

2. "Mr. Crosby And Mr. Templeton For Philco"
Written by guest Alec Templeton himself, this particular iteration of the show's customary promotional commercial is actually a parody, intentionally borrowing from songs of the day. It also features Templeton on piano. The bulk of the lines are sung by Bing Crosby and Alec Templeton. Peggy Lee sings merely two lines, one of them by herself ("Philco for me, says Peggy Lee") and the other in unison with the men. Ken Carpenter sings a line or two, too. I should also clarify that the above-shown title for this jingle is entirely my own invention (though based on my listening of the lyrics, of course). The sources at hand offer no particular title for it, other than the generic appellation "Philco Commercial."


Patter

1. Preamble To "Speaking Of Angels"
Bing: Peggy Lee takes over now. And the title of your tune is Speaking Of Angels, right, Peg?
Peggy: Right, angel.
Bing: Well, pardon me while I pull up a cloud. I got a little pink ?job I keep ?hanging for just such occasions. I wanna listen attentively to every ?measure.
After Lee finishes, and as the audience applauds, Crosby adds: "Lovely, Miss Lee, lovely."


Date: April 16, 1947 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-recorded 03/24/47)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time Starring Bing Crosby (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) A Nightingale Can Sing The Blues - 3:12(Dick Charles, Lawrence W. Markes, Jr.)
President Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Plcd 550 — Listen To The Magic    (1996)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) I Still Suits Me - 3:15(Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern)
Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CS/LP(United Kingdom) Awe 10 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby & Friends, Volume II   (1984)
Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Dawe 3; also Dsoy 752 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby & Friends ("Sounds Of Yesteryear" Series)   (2008)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 27 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1947)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 339 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guest
Jimmy Durante is Bing Crosby's guest in this episode. On the matter of Peggy Lee's interaction with Durante, see below, under Patter.

2. Duets And Solos
"A Nightingale Can Sing The Blues" is Peggy Lee's solo spot. After performing only solos in her last two appearances, this broadcast returns Lee to the standard practice of sharing one song with Crosby ("I Still Suits Me").


Photo



A typically dapper Bing Crosby, sitting on a Cadillac's fender bender. Dated 1947.


Patter

1. Preamble To "A Nightingale Can Sing The Blues"
Bing: Here's a new tune. A Nightingale Can Sing The Blues. Should any student observer of bird lore be looking for action, I would lay you eight to five that no nightingale can sing it the way our own Peggy Lee does.
Peggy: Why, Mr. Crosby, how do you go on.
Bing: Well, I'm basically poetic, you know. [unintelligible remark; maybe "I admit it."]
Following Lee's rendition, while enthusiastic applause is heard, Crosby adds: "That is something, Peg, and eminently listenable."

2. Comic Dialogue
[Unfortunately, I am unable to clearly hear some of this dialogue's words. As a result, some portions of the banter among Crosby, Durante, and Lee might prove hard to grasp.]
Bing: Now if you move slightly to the ride, I'd like to present you to Peggy Lee.
Peggy: Hello, Jimmy
Jimmy: What a dish. How do you do, Miss Lee? I'd like to invite you over to my house some day for a swim.
Peggy: Oh, you have a swimming pool?
Jimmy: I have two pools. One's for ___.
Bing: Very stylish, Jimmy.
Jimmy: The other one's for my relatives.
Bing: Very chic, very stylish idea. And so are you, Peggy.
Jimmy: You are right, Bing. Well, if she'd get a crew haircut, I'd be would willing to forsake our ?remora.
Bing: It's a pickle, pickle.
Jimmy: What else can I be, what else can I be, the way they run me around that studio? What a day I had.
Bing: What transpired?
Jimmy: I spent a half an hour making love to Lana Turner, a half an hour making love to Greer Garson and half an hour making love to Rita Hayworth, then gave me half an hour for lunch and another half hour making love to Kathryn Grayson, and then another half an hour for lunch. I tell you it's a fantastic waste of time.
Bing: Waste of time?
Jimmy: Certainly! Who needs lunch?
Later on, Jimmy tells Bing about a "colossal" idea of his: Bing and Jimmy in a picture together. Jimmy will play the part of a "chicken filler" in a public market.
Peggy: You got a part for me, Mr. Durante?
Jimmy: Peggy, your part calls for a considerable amount of singing. Therefore, you'll have to undergo a bit of tutoring and I should be most happy to 'tooch' you.
Bing: Who ever said you were a singing teacher, Jimmy?
Jimmy: My good man, if you'd take time to see my latest Metro Goldwyn Meyer release It Happened In Brooklyn, starring Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, and Kathryn Grayson and an unidentified man who was visiting the set that day, you'd know that I'm a great singing teacher!
Bing: You are a teacher of voice? Who are some of your pupils?
Jimmy: Who are some of my pupils? Did you ever hear of John Charles Thomas?
Bing: Yeah!
Jimmy: Did you ever hear of Madame ?Golacucci?"
Bing: Yeah!"
Jimmy: Did you ever hear of Lawrence Melacure?
Bing: Yeah!
Jimmy: Did you ever hear of ?Izzo Prissouru?
[audience laughter]
Bing: Sure! I know all those singers.
Jimmy: Well, have them contact me. I need some business.

3. Preamble To "I Still Suits Me"
Jimmy: ... I notice you are singing better. You've got nothing to worry about if you stick with me.
Bing: But Jimmy, right now I'm supposed to sing a song with Peggy Lee.
Jimmy: Well, due to my deep profession for Peggy, I acquiesce.
Bing: Acquiesce?
Jimmy: Very seldom them writers can stick me!
Bing: There's a syllable item for you. You got it.
Jimmy: But I'll stand close by to whisper things in your ear.
Bing: Mine?
Jimmy: Don't be so conceited. Peggy's.


Date: April 23, 1947 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-recorded 03/21/47)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time Starring Bing Crosby (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) I'll Close My Eyes - 2:32(Buddy Kaye, Billy Reid aka William Gordon Reid)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
President Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Plcd 550 — Listen To The Magic    (1996)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
Castle Pie Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Piesd 045 — Mañana    (1999)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 904 — Ladies Of Jazz {Peggy, Sarah, Ella, Billie}   (2005)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) It's A Good Day(Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 28 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1947)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" Transcription114 — Bing Crosby   
USA Government's Veterans Administration 16" TranscriptionNo. 1418 — "Here's To Veterans" [Bing Crosby]    
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 339 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guest
This episode's guests are Burl Ives and Les Paul. Neither is heard interacting with Peggy Lee.

2. Solos And Duets
"I'll Close My Eyes" is a Peggy Lee solo vocal. "It's A Good Day" is a duet with Crosby. Apparently a favorite duet of theirs, "It's A Good Day" was performed by Lee and Crosby in four different Philco episodes (December 11, 1946, January 8, 1947; March 19, 1947; April 23, 1947). Crosby also sang a solo rendition of the Lee hit during an episode broadcast on June 19, 1947.


Patter

1. Preamble To "I'll Close My Eyes"
Bing: Here's Peggy Lee who's gonna sing I'll Close My Eyes. You get your eyes closed, Peggy?
Peggy: All set, Bing.
Bing: Atta girl. Doesn't have to look at the paper. Sings good, too.
"Thank you, Peggy. Very pretty," says Bing after Lee ends, while the audience applauds vigorously.

2. Preamble To "It's A Good Day"
Bing: "Here's Peggy Lee's and Dave Barbour's hit tune "Good Day" [sic]. Peggy and I have done it before and we'd like to do it again. Right, Peg?"
Peggy: "Right, Mr. C.
Bing: "Yes, sir. We're gone."



Philco Radio Time: The Second Season



This second season of the show consisted of 39 episodes. According to the September 1947 issue of Capitol News, over 350 ABC outlets featured the program across the nation. "Peggy Lee and the Charioteers will be featured frequently— but not every week," the magazine made a point of adding.

The following month, Capitol News has an additional report on the songstress' involvement with the show: "Peggy Lee says that it was with 'real regret' that she found herself unable to continue as regular fem soloist on Bing Crosby’s Wednesday night Philco stanzas. Instead, she will be heard throughout the fall and winter months as vocalist on Jimmy Durante’s program. Peggy accepted the Durante offer after Crosby’s management stalled and postponed contracts. It wasn’t Bing’s fault, Peggy wants it made known. But the Durante pitch, at big money, came along while Bing’s brothers, sponsor, agents and others were in a hassle over plans for the new season."  Lee's acceptance of Durante's offer did not mean, however, that she was entirely gone from Crosby's wavelength. During the second season of The Groaner's Philco-sponsored show, Lee would show up on four additional occasions, all them broadcast in February and March of 1948.


Date: October 1, 1947 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 8/10/47)
Location: ABC, Hollywod, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (2nd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose - 2:47(Dick Charles, Lawrence W. Markes, Jr.)
Demand Performance Collectors' Label cassetteDpc 707 — The Unforgettable Peggy Lee   (1985)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Mat Mc/Cd 316 — Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee   (1994)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Allá En El Rancho Grande - 0:47(Emilio D. Uranga, Bartley Costello, Jorge Del Moral)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parr 006 — [Bing Crosby] Hollywood Guys & Gals, Volume 2   (1994)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 626 — [Bing Crosby] Hollywood Guys & Dolls   (1999)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 37 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1947)
Bernard Fox's American Retrospectives Collectors' Label LPMf 207 5 (419-422) — [Bing Crosby] The Greatest Radio Broadcasts   (1978)
Black Lion Collectors' Label LPBlm 52033 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Peggy Lee, Jack Benny And Gary Cooper   (1983)
HLC CDHlc 6644 — [Bing Crosby] Bing's Hollywood Party!   (2000)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2108 — El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 856 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

A Seminal Show

Starting with this season opener, all episodes of Philco Radio Time would be pre-recorded on magnetic tape. Imported from Nazi Germany (where a German-Austrian engineer had invented it in the late 1920s), magnetic tape had never been previously used in the United States -- not, at least, for the purposes of recording media. The innovation would prove hugely successful; all the radio networks had adopted it by the end of the decade. Through their introduction of tape into the industry, Crosby and company thus made a seminal contribution to the world of radio - a contribution that was applied, for the very first time, to this episode of the show.

This season opener is easily one of the very best episodes of the Philco series. Crosby is in fine form, Cooper proves an effective line reader, and Lee not only sings but also speaks her lines in engaging ways. Furthermore, the audience displays a sheer amount of enthusiasm, laughing, clapping, and clearly enjoying the proceedings throughout. Trade reviewers were just as enthusiastic. Witness, for instance, this excerpt from a review published by Variety:

Show seemed, to this reviewer at least, to have picked up markedly in quality of the reproduction, even over the final platters of last season — a fact apparently attributable to a switchover from acetate records to German-made "magnetaphone" tape recorders to transcribe the program. Show is now edited on tape, then transferred to platters. Result, as it came through last week, is the most "live"-like tones yet fed over network skeins. Aside from the stanza's achievements in waxed fidelity, however, it is additionally improved 100% as an entertainment article. A formula has been arrived at, as an outgrowth of last season's trial-and-error experimenting, in which El Bingo seems perfectly at home. Format has none of the rigidity of, say, Bob Hope's show, but rather allows Crosby to croon and caper through the half-hour in a leisurely, old-hat manner.


Personnel

1. Guest
For the first installment of the season, Hollywood star Gary Cooper is enlisted as the guest. He and Peggy Lee participate extensively in the episode's sketch -- as shown below, under Patter.

2. Solos And Duets
The lengthily titled "It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose (To Carry My Blues Away)" is Peggy Lee's solo for this episode. The other above-listed number, "Allá En El Rancho Grande," is a trio with Crosby and guest star Gary Cooper.

3. Perry Botkin, Sr.
The identification of Perry Botkin as the man playing guitar on "It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose" should be deemed tentative, though very likely. (There is no question that Botkin was present for this episode; Bing Crosby refers to him by name. The question is whether Lee is backed by him or by somebody else, the "somebody else" being her husband, guitarist Dave Barbour. In a few episodes of the previous season, Barbour had backed Lee's numbers, and Crosby had acknowledged his presence. Since no such acknowledgments of Barbour are heard in this or in any other episode of the second season, Botkin is the likelier possibility.)


Songs

1. "Allá En El Rancho Grande"
Singing mostly in unison, Cooper, Crosby, and Lee tackle the English lyrics of this song (not the Spanish ones). They do only two choruses. As can be gathered from the dialogue transcribed below, the tune is part of the episode's comic sketch.


Photos



Undated photos featuring Bing Crosby with Gary Cooper. (The first photo is dated August 29, 1949 in one source, undated in other sources.)


Patter

1. Preamble To "It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose"
Music is heard while Bing Crosby utters the following words.
Bing: Let that feathery little musical vamp serve as an introduction to an old friend of our Philco fest fans, the very mellow, super-talented, Miss Peggy Lee.
Peggy: Hi, Bing!
[Audience applause]
Bing: Beautiful [probably said in response to Peggy's special intonation of the words "hi, Bing"]. Peggy, you are looking just as bright as a bamboo jukebox. What are you going to sing for this October coming-out soiree?
Peggy: It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose To Carry My Blues Away.
Bing: Oh, it's bad all over the country, isn't it?
Peggy: Ha, ha!
Bing: Wait til I join John Scott Trotter on the tender. [A]Booooard!
[As the music keeps playing, Crosby is briefly heard in the background, yelling like a train conductor.]

2. Comedy Dialogue
After she finishes singing, Lee and Crosby continue to chat.
Bing: Oh, Peggy. That's a trip. That was a gas. Just like the record. You are singing better and better every year. I wish I could say the same for myself.
Peggy: Ha. Golly, Bing. You have no idea how thrilled I am.
Bing: Oh, it's just a little compliment; I'm full of it. I mean, full of them.
Peggy: Heh, heh. Oh, what I really meant, Bing, is that I'm thrilled that Gary Cooper is going to be on the program tonight. You know, I just love those tall, lean men.
Bing: Um-hum. Couldn't you hold still for a medium round chile?
Peggy: [Chuckles.] Not with [stops very briefly, trying not to laugh] ... Not with a tall, lean one available.
Bing: Well, Peggy, I think it would be better if you met Gary later. He's such a very shy sort of fellow. Doesn't talk very much. As a matter of fact, he's pretty bashful.
Peggy: You mean, you want me to leave, Bing?
Bing: No, no. Look, why don't you go over and hide behind the moose? [n.b.: At the opening of the episode, and as part of a gag alluding to his well-publicized hunting trips, Crosby is said to enter the studio with a moose as company.] Coop loves animals and that will put you in solid with him.
The preceding dialogue elicits a fair amount of laughter from the audience.

3. The Sketch
The episode's sketch is categorized as a "new-fangled western" starring High-Pockets Cooper, Creep-Along Crosby, and gal. The plot grows out of the long chat that Cooper and Crosby had had, in which Crosby had asked Cooper if he had plans to make more westerns. Cooper had remarked that the new westerns had more rhythm (i.e., music) than ranching. Hence, for his next western, Cooper was feeling that he needed to enlist Crosby, due to his singing skills. After more banter on the same topic, they move on to the sketch. The action opens with Crosby and Cooper singing "Home On The Range" as they ride their horses into Sage-Grouse, on the outskirts of Tuscaroura, Nevada. "Home On The Range" is sung in hillbilly style and with partially new lyrics that refer to the characters' situation. A few minutes into the sketch, they come upon a gal.
Peggy: Hiya, boys.
Gary: Haw.
Bing: Gee.
Bing: Say, what kind of horse is that you are riding?
Peggy: Ain't no horse. It's a bicycle.
Gary: It's only got one pedal. What's the idea?
Peggy: I ride side-saddle.
Bing: Side saddle, huh?
Bing proceeds to sing a tune called "Side-saddle Sue," with Gary helpfully interjecting a few lines.
Peggy [interrupting the singing]: Just a minute, boys. Just a minute. My name ain't Sue. It's Peg.
The men then sing "Side-saddled Peg."
Peggy [interrupting the singing again]: Boys, boys. Just a minute. How would you like a job?
The men then sing the words "side-saddled job, side-saddled job."
Peggy: Hey, boys, stop. This is important. I'm in desperate need of some hands over my ranch, the ?Sixmore ?Red. We're organizing a party.
Bing: Yeah?
Gary: Well, without being a bright man, I'd like to say that we're the toughest ?_____ in these parts.
Bing: Why man, we are tougher than the Sons of the Pioneers, and I include the Old Ranger!
Gary: Yes, sir. Should we ride over with you, ma'am?
Peggy: No, you go on ahead and I'll join you. I just did my wash and I got to hang it up to dry!
Bing: Ah, When the Bloomer Is On The Sage.
Bing & Gary proceed to sing a couple of made-up lines to the tune of "When The Bloom Is On The Sage" (changing the word "bloom" to "bloomer"). The sung lines are abruptly cut by instrumental music. (Presumably played by Trotter, this bit of instrumental music is clearly used as a transitional device. It's meant to signal that some time has passed since the previous dialogue and the upcoming exchange.)
Peggy: Howdy boys. Ready to work?"
Gary: Howdy, Miss Peggy. I thought you had some laundry to hang out. How come you got here so soon?"
Peggy: Well, I got them quick-drying bloomers."
Bing: Ho! Wrong emphasis. Quick-drying bloomers?"
A new character steps in then, telling them in an excited voice that the warm and wet Chinook wind is coming into the area.
Bing: What's a-coming?
Peggy: The big Chinook from the North! We gotta catch it!
Gary: What can a handful of cowpokes do about a Chinook? When 'em start coming straight down, it ain't nothing nobody can do.
New Character: Oh, yes, there is, stranger. That's why we need you.
Bing: Why?
New Character: Well, partner, this ranch is full of gopher holes. When that wind comes blowing down the canyon across 'em holes, it plays the prairie like a piccolo!
Bing: Well, hot doggett, that's what I call a _____! What tune does the big wind plays when it rips across 'em gopher holes?
Peggy: El Rancho Grande.
Bing: El Rancho Grande? Well, we are in luck. That's the best tune my partner Low-Note Cooper does.
Gary: Yep, yep, let's hit it. Here comes the wind.
The sketch concludes with the singing of the tune by Cooper, Crosby, and Lee.


Date: October 8, 1947 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped Date Unknown)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (2nd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Just An Old Love Of Mine - 2:22(Peggy Lee, Dave Barbour)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 38 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
President Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Plcd 550 — Listen To The Magic    (1996)

Photos



Pictures of Bing Crosby with the Ampex machines that, from October 1947 onwards, were used for taping his shows. (The first picture shows Ampex 200, the original machine. The second picture shows Ampex 600, the first portable model, which did not come into existence until the 1950s.)


Personnel

1. Guest
Following his last appearance in the show (April 16, 1947), Jimmy Durante returns as a guest, noticeably elevating the atmosphere of revelry and playfulness.


Patter

1. Introduction To "Just One More Chance"
As instrumental music is heard, Bing Crosby says: These lovely bars of music herald a new song written by Peggy Lee and Dave Barbour, Just An Old Love Of Mine. Peggy is gonna sing it, too.

2. Peggy Lee Contributions To The Comedy Routine
Jimmy Durante tells Bing Crosby that lately he has been driving a Stanley Steamer, which operates on coal.
Jimmy: The embarrasing part is when I take a girl out. By the time we get up to the top of Lookout Mountain, the poor thing is pooped out from stoking.
Bing: I don't believe it. I can't believe that even a man of your magnetic personality could charm a girl into shoveling coal.
Peggy: Hi, Bing. Is this boy talk or can I muscle in?
Bing: Well, come right in, Peggy. You know Peggy, don't you, Jimmy?
Jimmy: Of course! I had the honor of driving Miss Peggy Lee to the studio tonight.
Bing: Right, Peggy?
Peggy: Right. And here's your shovel back, Jimmy.
Jimmy: Hi, hi, hi. I've never had any luck with singers. The same thing happened with Hildegarde.
Bing: You mean that you had Hildegarde shoveling coal for you?
Jimmy: Only for a brief moment, Bing. After three blocks, she got out of the car and said, "a little walking music, please, Harry."

2. Jimmy Durante's Rexall Show
At the end of the episode, Durante's new radio show is plugged. "Say, Jimmy, the word's out that you -- that you've got your own show for United Rexall Drugs this year," Crosby remarks. "That's right, Bingo," replies Jimmy, before he moves on to another joke. Peggy Lee would go on to become the girl singer of Durante's show, too. For an overview of Lee's work in the comedian's programs, consult this page.


Date: February 11, 1948 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (2nd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Emmanuel "Manny" Klein (t), Loring "Red" Nichols (c), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Edwin "Buddy" Cole, Oscar Levant (p), Nick Fatool (d), Harry Bluestone aka Blostein, Joe Venuti (vn), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) 'S Wonderful(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
Artistic Collectors' Label LP(United Kingdom) 001 — [Bing Crosby] Bing's Party   (1979)
Sounds Of Yesteryear Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Dsoy 605 — [Bing Crosby] I Got Rhythm   (2002)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) I've Got A Crush On You(Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)
Artistic Collectors' Label LP(United Kingdom) 001 — [Bing Crosby] Bing's Party   (1979)
On The Air/Blaricum Collectors' Label CS/CD(Netherlands) Ota 401978/101978 — [Bing Crosby] Great Moments With Bing Crosby And Friends, From The Radio Shows    (1997)
Sounds Of Yesteryear Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Dsoy 605 — [Bing Crosby] I Got Rhythm   (2002)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) They Can't Take That Away From Me(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
Artistic Collectors' Label LP(United Kingdom) 001 — [Bing Crosby] Bing's Party   (1979)
Sounds Of Yesteryear Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Dsoy 605 — [Bing Crosby] I Got Rhythm   (2002)
d. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) I Got Rhythm - 1:39(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
Artistic Collectors' Label LP(United Kingdom) 001 — [Bing Crosby] Bing's Party   (1979)
Sounds Of Yesteryear Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Dsoy 605 — [Bing Crosby] I Got Rhythm   (2002)
e. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Summertime(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 56 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2137 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guests
As the episode's guests, announcer Ken Carpenter lists Oscar Levant, Peggy Lee, and Joe Venuti (in that order). At the end of the show, Carpenter adds that Peggy Lee "appears through the courtesy of the Rexall Drug Company" (an indirect reference to her contract as the regular girl singer for The Jimmy Durante Rexall Show).


Songs

1. A Gershwin Medley
The bulk of this episode is dedicated to the compositions of George Gershwin, as performed by Bing and his guests. Here is a list of the compositions, in the order in which they are performed:

Somebody Loves Me - Bing Crosby vocal
Oh! Lady be Good - Joe Venuti instrumental
Second Rhapsody - Oscar Levant instrumental
Do, Do, Do - Oscar Levant instrumental
Someone To Watch Over Me - Bing Crosby solo
’S Wonderful - vocal duet by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee
I’ve Got A Crush On You - vocal duet by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee
I’ve Got A Crush On You - Oscar Levant instrumental
I’m Just Wild About Harry - Oscar Levant on vocal and piano
Love Is Sweeping The Country - Bing Crosby vocal
They Can’t Take That Away From Me - vocal duet by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee
Third Prelude For Piano - Oscar Levant instrumental
Bidin’ My Time - Oscar Levant vocal
I Got Rhythm - vocal duet by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee
[Interruption: a promotional commercial on behalf of Philco - delivered by Ken Carpenter]
Summertime - vocal duet by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee

This is a medley. Brief and incomplete, each of these performances is circumscribed to the main chorus of the given song. For a few of the selections, Crosby and Lee quickly identify the year and the show in which the song originated. (These identifications are not given impromptu; they are part of the episode's script.) For an example, see below, under Patter.

In the case of the medley's last tune, "Summertime," barely a couple of lines are played. My suspicion is that the performance was meant to be longer, but had to be cut due to time constraints.


Photos (And Location)



In an article from the April 1976 issue of the magazine High Fidelity, recording engineer John T. Mullin explains that he taped each episode of ABC's Philco Radio Time from an NBC standby studio. ABC was able to use an NBC facility because of the former connection between these two networks: they had been sister companies, the former had been previously known as NBC Blue, the latter as NBC Red. Long in the making, Blue's split from Red had attained official status by October 1943, when its sale was approved by the FCC. The rebranding from Blue to ABC did not take place until June 15, 1945. According to Jim Cox in his book American Radio Networks, ABC "retained most existing staff and signed leases on two theaters plus equipment and studios at NBC. For the present, flagship outlet WJZ continued to air from Radio City on a 10-year lease." Cox concentrates in the New York side of the equation, but it stands to reason that the lease (or some variation of it) applied to the California headquarters, too. Mullin's recollections certainly suggest so: "NBC and ABC were still in the same building at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood. Crosby broadcast from what had been one of the major NBC studios. Prior to the breakup, there had been what they called a standby studio, scarcely larger than a hotel room, with two little control rooms at one end. One was the Blue control room, the other was for the NBC Red Network. There was nothing in this studio but a piano, a table, and two microphones ... Once the networks split ... there was no need for the standby studio. So that’s where they set me up. I installed my machines, moved in a sofa and a couple of chairs, and it became a little living room. It was a delightful place to work."

The NBC compound, located in the northeast corner of Sunset and Vine, can be seen in the first two photos above. The third photo spotlights the building which ABC began to rent in 1948, and which would become ABC Radio Center, the rebranded network's headquarters. (Thoughly dimly, the building is also visible in the second photo. It's across from NBC, further down Vine Street. To locate it, look for the building's neon sign, whose red lettering identifies it as the "American Broadcasting Company." This same sign is no longer red, but blue, in the third picture -- a postcard allegedly taken around 1950.)


Patter

1. Peggy Lee's Incorporation To The Medley Segment
Bing: We also have a very fancy young lady to help out, too. You know Peggy Lee, don't you?
Oscar: Sure. Hello Peggy.
Peggy: Hello, boys.
[Audience applauds.]

2. Prelude To " 'S Wonderful" And "I've Got A Crush On You"
Peggy: Hey, Bing you know a Gershwin tune that always sends me?
Bing: Which one is that, Peggy"
Peggy: " 'S Wonderful."
Bing: Oh, yeah, good old wonderful. From Funny Face, 1927. Should we sing it, Peg?
After they finish singing, Crosby proceeds to introduce the next song.
Bing: That was a big smash, and there was another big Gershwin hit too, Strike Up The Band.
Peggy: Bing, wasn't that the show I've Got A Crush On You came from?
Bing: That's it, Peggy.
Peggy: Let's sing that one.
Bing: Well, I love it ...

3. Prelude And Postscript To "They Can't Take That Away From Me"
Bing: Say, Oscar, would you like to stand by for a minute while Miss Lee and I do a chorus of a really great Gershwin ballad? Bring me in, John.
After the duet performance, and amidst audience's appreciative applause, Crosby continues to offer factual tidbits.
Bing: That was from George and Ira Gershwin's score Shall We Dance.

4. Prelude To "Summertime"
Bing: From the great American folk opera Porgy And Bess, this is a classic among American folk songs.


Date: February 25, 1948 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 12/22/47)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (2nd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Golden Earrings - 3:19(Raymond B. "Ray" Evans, Jay Livingston, Victor Popular Young)
Demand Performance Collectors' Label cassetteDpc 707 — The Unforgettable Peggy Lee   (1985)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Mat Mc/Cd 316 — Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee   (1994)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) It's About Time I Wrote The Folks In Terra Haute - 3:01(John Kiley)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Was Last Night The Last Night With You?(Jack Brooks)
d. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Boise, Idaho - 3:01(Ed Walsh)
HLC CDHlc 6649 — [Bing Crosby] On The Air; Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee   (2000)
e. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) These Lush Moments(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 58 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1947)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 296 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guest
At the start of the program, Peggy Lee is identified as this episode's guest. At the end of the show, Bing Crosby thanks her for the appearance (as he regularly did for every guest) and Ken Carpenter adds that she appeared in the show through the courtesy of Rexall Drug Products. (By this time, Peggy Lee was the girl singer of Jimmy Durante's Rexall show.)


Songs

1. Solos And Duets
Of the above-listed performances, only "Golden Earrings" is a solo. All the other numbers are Lee-Crosby duets.

2. The All-Time Flop Parade
A parody of the popular show Your Hit Parade, this episode's All-Time Flop Parade consists of 6 numbers, of which 4 were sung as duets and two as solos. Crosby and Lee preface each number with slightly mocking, playful commentary, and with the identification of each songwriter by name. Here is a list of the so-called flops, arranged in the order in which the two vocalists performed them:

Mississippi Moon - Bing Crosby solo
It’s About Time That I Wrote To The Folks In Terra Haute - duet by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee
Was Last Night The Last Night With You? - duet by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee
Tortured - Bing Crosby solo
Boise, Idaho - duet by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee
These Lush Moments - duet by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee

This All-Time Flop Parade was actually the second round of flops heard in the show. The first round, broadcast as part of the October 15, 1948 episode, had also consisted of six songs, interpreted by Bing Crosby with his guest Dinah Shore. In that previous round, four of the six above-listed had been performed by Crosby and Shore. "Tortured" and "Boise, Idaho" were newly added to this episode.

A third round of the All-Time Flop Parade would be heard on May 19, 1947, with Ethel Merman as Crosby's duet partner. On that round, a total of 5 numbers were performed, including the Crosby solo "Tortured" and the duet "Boise, Idaho." Merman and Crosby would join forces again for the fourth round (March 23, 1949), which featured a brand new set of songs. Though no longer identified as part of a Flop Parade, some of these songs would also be tried by Crosby with guest Judy Garland in a 1950 episode. (That guesting Garland episode was part of Crosby's series for Chesterfield, not Philco.)


Songwriters

1. John Kinley
2. Jack Brooks
3. Ed Walsh
4. Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen
My attribution of the above-listed songs to the songwriters next to them is entirely based on Bing Crosby's acknowledgments of these men during the airing of the episode. It should be noted that these acknowledgments are uttered with tongue planted in cheek. For instance, Crosby tells his audience that he and Lee will be doing "John Kiley's immortal song of a Hoosier lad who strayed from home, It's About Time I Wrote The Folks In Terra Haute."

Of the five songwriters in question, three (Burke, Van Heusen, and Jack Brooks) are relatively well-known. My attempts at finding information about the other two have not proven successful. In the case of Ed Walsh, Peggy Lee informs us that the song he wrote was meant "for the homecoming extravaganza show of the University of California." My follow up of her lead did not trigger any additional details, unfortunately.

As for John Kiley, he might or might have not been the organist of that name who worked in silent movies and at various Boston, MA recreational spaces (Fenway Park, Boston Garden). That John Kiley had strong ties to radio programming, serving as music director at a MA radio station (WMEX) from 1934 to about 1956. However, his geographical whereabouts do not betray any direct connection with Crosby's California-based show: Kiley appears to have remained in the Boston area for much of his life, including the years under consideration.

Since I have found no corroboration for any of these songwriting credits (aside from the existence of three of the songwriters), and since Crosby and Lee's comments were clearly made in a jocular vein, all attributions should be deemed tentative.


Personnel

1. Perry Botkin, Sr.
During the episode, Bing Crosby credits guitarist Perry Botkin for his participation in It's About Time I Wrote The Folks In Terra Haute.


Photos



In this episode's comic patter, Peggy Lee corners herself into a tough spot: of the two radio hosts for whom she works, on which one should she bestow the title of "best voice?" Should the ultimate praise go to Crosby's croon ... or should it go to Durante's grunt? (The photo with Crosby is from December 1950, or thereabouts. The photo with Durante dates from March 10, 1948.)


Patter

1. Preamble To "Golden Earrings"
Bing Crosby waits for Peggy Lee to hum quite a few bars of Golden Earrings, before he finally says: "One of the greatest records Peggy Lee ever made was Golden Earrings. Here tonight is her personalized version of it."

2. Dialogue Preceding The All-Time Flop Parade
After Lee finishes singing, she and Crosby engage in small talk.
Bing: That was very gossamer, Peggy. Got some more like it?
Peggy: Lots-some, Bing.
Bing: While I'm still under the spell of your voice, I wanna confess something to you. The work you've been doing over on Durante's show's very impressive.
Peggy: Oh, thank you.
Bing: I'm not the least bit mad because you threw me over for Jimmy. The best man won.
Peggy: [Chuckles.] You know, there are times when Jimmy's voice really thrills me. It's so haunting.
Bing: Haunting?
Peggy: Yeah.
Bing: Oh, Peggy, come, pull yourself together.
Peggy: Pull myself to...
Bing: Let's face it, Jimmy's a sweetheart but his voice to me sounds like two st[i]cks of celery chewing each other to shreds on a tin roof.
Peggy: Of course, you -- you can't compare Jimmy's voice with yours.
Bing: Not after what I just said. Anyhow, Peggy, you recall a few months ago when Dinah Shore and I did a batch of ballads that nobody had heard before?
Peggy: Oh, sure, you did sort of a broken-down hip parade
Bing: Yeah, that's right. You do hear our show once in a while.
Peggy: Yeah, yeah, ha.
Bing: You are the one! Say, I wonder if you'd like to break down with me tonight, Peggy, and do a second edition of that show?
Peggy: Well, why, certainly. What can I lose?
Bing: Just your reputation.
Peggy: Ha, ha. Well, Bing, I think it's a good idea to do some tunes that never quite made the grade.
Bing: Yes, you are so right. Who needs popular songs?
Peggy: [Chuckles.] Well, not me. I've heard The Best Things In Life Are Free so many times I tore up all my money.
Bing: I know what you mean. I've sung Dance Ballerina Dance so often I can't get off my toes. Alright, maybe the next ?Mrs. ?H__
Peggy: You know, and once a song catches on, it sure gets around.
Bing: And how. I've heard Too Fat Polka -- you know that song -- so many times I've ordered a girdle!
Peggy: Heh, heeh. Well, you've never worn a girdle, have you, Bing?
Bing: No, but Hope tells me they feel great when you get them off. Hey, Peggy, let's get started on our program of songs fighting for recognition.
Peggy: Ready, Bing. But what will we call the program?
Bing: Stand by, Peggy. John Scott Trotter, fan us a fare.
After Ken Carpenter jokingly announces The All-Time Flop Parade (complete with even a made-up commercial, promoting not a hair product but hair itself), Crosby and Lee continue. In addition to singing the numbers, they also introduce them in suitable manner -- adopting hillbilly accents in one case, for instance.


Date: March 24, 1948 (Broadcast Date)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (2nd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Mañana(Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee)
Gav Collectors' Label commercial CDrGavcd 1003 — [Bing Crosby] It's Magic   
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Easter Parade - 2:38(Irving Berlin)
Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Dawe 48 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Swings   (1991)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2108 — El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom)Sun 2158 — [Various Artists] The Irving Berlin Songbook   (2006)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 62 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 298 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Photo



A 1948 photo of Peggy Lee, presumably taken on or around Easter. Visible in the background is Lee's daughter, Nicki. See also photo below, under April 13, 1949 broadcast session.


The Show

1. Live Or Pre-taped?
The February 1948 issue of Capitol News states that "Bing Crosby was able to wax enough airshows to run him through March 17. From then on, he goes live." We should not discard the possibility of a change in the published information, however: Crosby and his associates could have eventually made the time to pre-tape the episodes that followed the one that aired on March 17, including the present one. For the time being, this matter remains unsolved.


Personnel

1. Guests
Ken Carpenter credits both Wild Bill Elliott and Peggy Lee as guests.


Songs

1. Solos And Duets
Peggy Lee sings no solos in this episode. Both of her numbers are duets with Bing Crosby. One duet, "Easter Parade," would be sung again during the April 13, 1949 broadcast of the show. The other number, "Mañana," would also be heard again, though much later (on December 7, 1949) and as a Lee solo vocal.


Issues

1. It's Magic [CD, Gav Records]
Because I have not listened to this Bing Crosby CD, my identification of version of "Mañana" as the one from the March 28, 1948 broadcast is tentative. The alternative is that the CD contains instead the aforementioned Lee solo version, from the December 7, 1949 broadcast. However, the fact that It's Magic is a Bing Crosby issue makes this session's duet version the likeliest to be in that CD.


Patter And Sketches

1. Preamble To Mañana
During the segment between Ken Carpenter and Bing Crosby that customarily happens at the start of the show, the announcer informs the crooner about the mail that has been arriving at the station. After joking about two letters sent by Crosby's brothers, Carpenter makes mention of Lee.
Ken: Peggy Lee sent you a copy of the latest song that she wrote woth Dave Barbour.
Bing: Oh, Mañana. That really jumps. I wish Peggy were here. I'd like her to sing it with me.
Ken: Yah.
Peggy: I'm here, Bing.
Bing: Well, Peggy Lee!
[Audience applause]
Bing (tongue-in-cheek): Now, isn't that radio for you. You just mention somebody's name and up they pop!
Peggy: That's right, Pops. Shall we hit it?
Bing: Let's cut it but good, Peggy. John [Scott Trotter], let's make like [Xavier] Cugat, huh?
After the duet is finished, Carpenter asks Crosby why he hasn't written any songs. (The scripted question is actually a means to the end of doing the episode's promotion of Philco products.)

2. Wild West Sketch
During the episode's sketch (an old west/hillbilly piece), Wild Bill and his sidekick "Gaby" Crosby are joined by both Ken Carpenter and Peggy Lee. The former actually plays a prominent role (Rattlesnake Carpenter) with quite a few lines; the latter is heard only for a couple of brief lines, playing a hillbilly horserider upon whom Elliott and Crosby come across, on the road.


Date: April 7, 1948 (Broadcast Date)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (2nd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Cheek To Cheek: Astaire Movie Medley - 0:50(Irving Berlin)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 64 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Isn't This A Lovely Day: Astaire Movie Medley - 1:12(Irving Berlin)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 64 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) A Fine Romance: Astaire Movie Medley - 1:10(Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 64 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
d. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) They Can't Take That Away From Me: Astaire Movie Medley - 1:02(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 64 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
e. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: Astaire Movie Medley - 2:11(Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 64 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
f. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Dearly Beloved: Astaire Movie Medley - 1:21(Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 64 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
g. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) White Christmas: Astaire Movie Medley - 2:05(Irving Berlin)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 64 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
h. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Catalogue Day: Astaire Movie Medley - 1:10(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 64 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
i. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Kamehameha Day: Astaire Movie Medley - 0:53(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 64 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
j. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) [Musical Commercial] Everyday Is A Philco Day(Composer Unknown)
All titles on: Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 299 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Photos



Seen above is an advertisement for the episode under discussion. Also seen above is a publicity photo of Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, taken as part of the promotion for their joint appearance in the 1942 film Holiday Inn.


The Show

1. Live Or Pre-taped?
The February 1948 issue of Capitol News states that "Bing Crosby was able to wax enough airshows to run him through March 17. From then on, he goes live." We should not discard the possibility of a change in the published information, however: Crosby and his associates could have eventually made the time to pre-tape the episodes that followed the one that aired on March 17, including the present one. For the time being, this matter remains unsolved.


Personnel

1. Guests
Fred Astaire and Peggy Lee are as credited as the episode's guests. At the end of the show, Bing thanks them both ("I want to thank Fred Astaire for dropping in tonight ... Also a deep bow to Miss Peggy Lee") and they reply in kind ("I had fun, too, Bing," says Peggy.) As part of that end, Lee is tasked with the customary script question about the guests for the next episode. But, as she is in the process of asking, she completely cracks up, to the audience's merriment. "Sing it, Peggy!," Bing helpfully advices. Lee follows the advice, half-speaking and half-singing the line "who's with you next week?," though still with a laughing, cracking voice. (The cracking up was probably triggered by a bit of hilarious humming by The Rhythmaires. Their humming had taken place during Bing's thank you to Fred, and had elicited general laughter.)


Songs

1. Astaire Medley
All the titles listed in this session were performed as part of a medley that consisted of songs from Astaire's movie musicals. Each number receives fairly brief coverage -- about one chorus. Heard between the songs are spoken snippets -- mostly amicable dialogue, aiming at introducing the next song. Naturally, only the performances which feature Peggy Lee are listed above. Below is a full list of all the songs and their performers:

Top Hat, White Tie And Tails - Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire
Cheek To Cheek - Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee
Isn’t This A Lovely Day? - Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Peggy Lee
A Fine Romance - Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Peggy Lee
They Can’t Take That Away From Me - Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Peggy Lee solo
Dearly Beloved - Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee
White Christmas - Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee
Catalogue Day - Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Peggy Lee
Kamehameha Day - Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Peggy Lee
Everyday Is A Philco Day [Commercial] - Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Peggy Lee
Kamehameha Day [quick reprise] - Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Peggy Lee

2. "Catalogue Day" & "Kamehameha Day"
3. Astaire & Crosby
4. Burke & Van Heusen
Unlike the rest of the medley's songs, these two tunes are not from Astaire's movies. They are instead parodic, intentionally subpar pieces. Supposedly, Astaire & Crosby wrote them themselves, in response to Irving Berlin's tendency to compose numbers in honor of every holiday in the calendar (see Patter below). Most probably, the writers were not Astaire & Crosby but Burke & Van Heusen, who are credited with the writing of special material at the end of the episode. I have thus tentatively entered Burke & Van Heusen as the writers of both numbers.

5. Philco Jingle
The above-shown title for the Philco jingle is entirely my own invention (though based on my listening of its lyrics, of course). The sources at hand give it no title other than "Philco Commercial."


Patter

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee And Her Participation In The Dialogue
Bing: Look who's here. The writer of Mañana, countless other hits, Peggy Lee. [Audience applause.] Peggy, you know Fred Astaire, don't you?
Peggy: Oh, yeah. I learned the coffee master conga at his dancing school.
Bing: Coffee master conga.
Peggy: Oh, it's terrific. The top part of it stands while the bottom percolates."
Bing: Put the coffee on, honey; I'll be right over.
Fred: Steady, Bing.
Peggy: Gee, Fred, I remember seeing all of your old pictures. How I wish that I could dance like you did.
Fred: Oh, me too; thanks. You know, Bing, I remember all your old pictures. Now I always wish I could sing like you did.
Bing: I wish I could sing like I did, too.
Peggy: Oh, Bing. I think you are singing better now than ever.
Bing: You mean better now than Everett. [n.b. Everett was one of Bing's brothers, and a frequent subject of the show's jokes.]
Fred: I agree with Peggy, Bing. Your voice seems to get more mellow as the years go by. Like good wine, it improves with time.
Bing: Yeah, but every now and then my good wine pops a cork. Hey, but speaking of Fred's pictures, he's done some great ones -- really wonderful pictures. How about those great musicals you made at RKO with Jimmy Durante, hmm?
Peggy: Oh, there were some real gone tunes in those. What do you say we uncork a few?
Fred: Suits me. Hey, Bing, remember Top Hat?
Bing: Remember? Why, they wanted me to make a sequel to it, called ?Satch Hat. Why don't we give the folks a little of the title tune from that movie?

2. Commentary After "Top Hat, White Tie And Tails" And Before "Cheek To Cheek"
Peggy: Grand, grand boys. Hey, Bing, let's go you and me dancing Cheek To Cheek.
Bing: Well, that's not a fair offer. I'm captain of the rowboat. Let's go!

3. Commentary Before "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"
Bing: Hey, Fred. I don't know about you, Fred, but I'd like to inhale a little oxygen for a minute. I wanna lay back. I wonder if we get Peggy to do Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.
Peggy: How about Smog Gets In Your Eyes In Los Angeles.
Bing: Oh, no, ha, And incidentally Roberta was the musical that introduced Bob Hope to Broadway.
Fred: Also incidentally, Bing, if you remember, I was the fellow who took you to Bob's room and introduced you to him.
Bing: I was thrilled .... then. But I should have known that A Stair would lead to a stew.
Peggy, go smoke screen over this whole thing -- quickly.

4. Dialogue After "White Christmas" And Before "Catalogue Day"
Fred: Berlin really did it that time, didn't he?
Bing: Oh, he does it every time.
Peggy: He sure does. As a songwriter, I wanna lodge a complaint against him.
Fred: What's the matter, Peg?
Peggy: Well, in Holiday Inn Berlin wrote a song for every holiday there is: Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, New Year ...
Bing: That's right, Peggy. He also hit Washington's birthday, wrote one for Lincoln's birthday, Fourth of July, Valentine's Day ...
Peggy: He swept the calendar clean!
Bing: That's what you think, Peggy, and that's what Berlin thinks. But Fred and I know differently, don't we, Fred?
Fred: We sure do.
Peggy: What do you mean?
Fred: Well, we did two pictures with Irving, and when he wasn't looking, we wrote some songs about days he overlooked.
Peggy: Oh, don't ?get me, fellows. ?__ never missed a day in a year.
Bing: He did, too, Peggy. And Fred and I got tunes to cover every day he forgot.
Peggy: Those I gotta see.
Fred: Here, Peggy. Take some of our special lyrics.
Peggy: Well, I'll be darned. These are days he forgot.
Bing: Ladies and gentlemen, here is a beautifully sentimental ballad, written by Astaire and Crosby: Catalogue Day.
Peggy: Catalogue Day? Hmm? What's that?
Bing: This gal's never lived in a farm, ?I ?reckon.
Peggy: Heh, heh.



Philco Radio Time: The Third Season



Date: October 27, 1948 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: Civic Aditorium, San Francisco, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Love, Your (Magic) Spell Is Everywhere - 2:54(Edmund Goulding, Elsie Janis)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Mat Mc/Cd 316 — Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee   (1994)
Hughes Leisure Group Public Domain CD(Australia/New Zealand) Stb 8849 — Peggy Lee ("20 Golden Greats / Starburst" Series)    (1994)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd Cd 153 — Let There Be Love (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1995)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) You Came A Long Way From St. Louis - 2:30(John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell)
Wisepack's Legends Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Lecd 118 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby ("Legends In Music" Series, Volume 1)    (1994)
Hallmark/Carlton Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Halmcd 303372 — [Bing Crosby] The Radio Years: Bing Crosby & Friends    (1996)
Columbia River/Allegro Public Domain CDCrg 218058 — [Bing Crosby] Duets ("Cocktail Hour" Series)   (2001)
Proper Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) 45 P 1277 1280 — The Peggy Lee Story   (2002)
Riff City Entertainment Public Domain CDCdprga 50290 — [Bing Crosby] Bing And His Gal Pals   (2004)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 77 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2108 — El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 1224 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guests
William Powell, William Gargan, and Peggy Lee are billed as the guests for this episode. Violinist Joe Venuti is credited for accompanying Bing Crosby in one number, but is not named among the guests. (Venuti was actually a regular, long-standing member of the show's ensemble, but occasionally he was billed and featured as a guest.)

2. Solos And Duets
Peggy Lee sings "Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere" as a solo, "You Came A Long Way To Saint Louis" in a duet with Crosby.


Songs

1. "You Came A Long Way To Saint Louis"
This playful duet includes additional lyrics in which Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee sing about their respective birthplaces.


Photos



In the above-seen ads, Bing Crosby's image is used to promote a Philco radio and a very early (1948) Philco television set.


Patter

1. Chat With Peggy Lee
2. Preamble And Postscript To "Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere"
Bing: Tonight, folks, we welcome a girlfriend of yours, and of mine. She's sort of been playing hooky for my Philco funfest for a time. She's a great singer. Got her own show now for Chesterfield. As far as we are concerned, we always buy Peggy Lee. Purr something into the mike, Peggy.
Peggy: Hi, Bing.
Bing: Peggy, you -- you've changed. There's something different.
Peggy: Well, sure, Bing, I had a new coiffure.
Bing: Yeah, and you had your hair cut, too.
Peggy: Ha, hah, ha.
Bing: Very soigné.
Peggy: Well, thank you. Ha, ha ha.
Bing: Now, if you've got a real mellow tune for us c'est soir, hmm?
Peggy: Well, I thought I might do Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere.
Bing: Oh, I'm gonna pull the chaise lounge and get spellbound out of this American country.
After Peggy Lee finishes singing the tune, and while the audience applauds, the host has a few more words to add.
Bing: Very sweet, Peggy. Very fine. Lovely arrangement. Thank you, Peggy.

3. Gay Nineties Sketch
4. Preamble To "You Came A Long Way From Saint Louis"
In this episode's sketch, Bing Crosby and William Powell are "gay young blades" vying for the affections of Miss Peggy Lee Gargin, daughter of police officer William Gargin. The events take place in the 1890s. The youngsters visit Miss Gargin at her home in Telegraph Hill, overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
Peggy: Good evening, gentlemen.
William: Good evening. May I kiss your hand?
Peggy: Well, of course.
Bing: You know, Peggy, I was, uh ... Peggy. Peggy!! ... Why, that blundering Powell caught her square in the mouth.
Peggy: You sure has nice friends, Mr. Crosby.
Bing: Gee, Peggy, remember last night when I harked the buggie and a team of horses and how I headed them into the woods and how we were parked there for over an hour?
Peggy: Yes, and I didn't even notice the time, with all that kissing going on.
Bing: Me neither. Those two horses sure were in love with each other. [Audience laughter.] You know, watching them made me think of you and me. Why don't we be like them and get hitched?
Peggy: Well, I've thought a lot about marrying you, Mr. Crosby, but now that I've met Mr. Powell, I've changed.
Bing: I don't understand.
William: That's because you are not a woman. [Audience laughter.] My dear Miss Peggy, it would be an honor indeed to have your hand in marriage. Think how happy we could be together. You and I on a bicycle built for two. And maybe someday, we'll build a bicycle for three.
Peggy: And what if we added a little seat before?
William: I figure that I oughtta have some place to put my feet while you are peddling."
Bing: I guess is up to you to choose between us, Peggy.
Peggy: Oh, but that's not for me to decide. You must ask my father.
The sketch continues with the appearance of Gaugin, who has already promised her daughter's hand to an Irish boy, and who does not want her to marry a singer such as Bing or an actor such as Dick. Bing retorts that Peggy herself is a singer, and that she "sings mighty pretty." He then asks Peggy to demonstrate, and the two proceed to sing "You Came A Long Way From Saint Louis." There is no follow-up after the song; the sketch is left unfinished. (That is to say, we do not find out the decision made by Peggy's father, in regard to the winner of her daughter's hand.)

5. Closing remarks: Upcoming Guests
Peggy: What happens next week, Bing?
Bing: Next week, Peg, you are going to be with us.
Peggy: Well, thank you.
Bing: And also we'll have Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. It should be quite a show.
Lee and the other guests then proceed to protest and demand that Edgar Bergen be invited to the next show as well. (Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd are Edgar Bergen characters.) The following week, Edgar Bergen indeed appears in the show, as previously announced, but Peggy Lee does not. She is back in the subsequent episode though.


Date: November 10, 1948 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: ABC, Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Loring "Red" Nichols (c), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Edwin "Buddy" Cole (p), Joe Venuti (vn), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) What Is This Thing Called Love? - 1:43(Cole Porter)
Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label LP(United Kingdom) Awe 1 — [Bing Crosby] Bing's Magic   (1980)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Mat Mc/Cd 316 — Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee   (1994)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Exactly Like You - 1:19(Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields)
USA Government's "American Red Cross 1949 Campaign" 16" Transcription1-2 — [Bing Crosby] The American Red Cross Presents The Bing Crosby Show   (1949)
Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label LP(United Kingdom) Awe 1 — [Bing Crosby] Bing's Magic   (1980)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) I Got Rhythm - 1:45(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Wisepack's Legends Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Lecd 118 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby ("Legends In Music" Series, Volume 1)    (1994)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
Rajon ?Public Domain CD(Australia) R 0046 — [Bing Crosby] The Great Bing Crosby   (2001)
Broadway Intermission Collectors' Label LPBr 111 — [Bing Crosby] Crosbyana    
d. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) They Can't Take That Away From Me - 2:16(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2108 — El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Broadway Intermission Collectors' Label LPBr 111 — [Bing Crosby] Crosbyana    
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 79 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2140 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guests
At the opening of the show, announcer Ken Carpenter identifies this episode's guests as "Oscar Levant, Peggy Lee, Red Nichols, Joe Venuti, and Ziggy Elman."


Songs

1. Medley
For this episode, the number in which Peggy Lee participates are part of an 11-song medley. As with previous medleys, the songs are limited to about one chorus each. Here are the numbers and their performers:

Wildflower, I Love You - Bing Crosby (with Oscar Levant on piano)
Look For The Silver Lining - Bing Crosby (with Oscar Levant on piano)
Take Me Back To Manhattan - Oscar Levant (vocal & piano, solo)
What Is This Thing Called Love? - Peggy Lee (with orchestra members)
Mandy - Bing Crosby (with Oscar Levant)
Exactly Like You - Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee (with orchestra members)
You Are Too Beautiful - Bing Crosby (with orchestra members)
Blame It On My Youth - Bing Crosby (with Oscar Levant on piano)
Lady, Play Your Mandolin - Bing Crosby (with Oscar Levant on piano)
I Got Rhythm - Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee (with Buddy Cole, Perry Botkin Jr, Red Nichols, and Joe Venuti, all of whom Crosby credits by first name; my listing of Ziggy Elman among players backing Lee should be deemed tentative, since he is not credited in this number nor in her other others)
[The medley is then interrupted by a Philco commercial. After the commercial, the medley ends with the addition of just one more song.]
They Can’t Take That Away From Me - Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee


Photo



Photograph of Peggy Lee, dated 1948.


Patter

1. Peggy Lee's Contribution To The Dialogue
Bing Crosby's chat with Oscar Levant includes various jokes at the expense of Al Jolson. Pianist Levant claims that his boss Jolson has retired to Shangri-La, which he identifies as a monastery in Tibet. Crosby asks if Jolson still keeps up with his son, Al Jolson, Jr., who is supposedly substituting for him on the Kraft show. (This was most likely just a joke. The adopted child would have turned 18 this year, but Jolson is said to have fully stopped contact with him after his 1940 divorce from Ruby Keeler.)
Oscar: Certainly. Every week he sends a flock of ducks to pick up the kid's paycheck.
Bing: He's in touch.
Bing: Why, Oscar, here's Peggy Lee.
[Audience applause.]
Peggy: Hi, fellows.
Bing: Peggy, Oscar and I were just talking about the original Al Jolson.
Peggy: Oh, well, I never knew him. But I know his son quite well.
Bing: You do?
Peggy: Yes, I was over at his house for a duck dinner last night."
Bing: The kid revolted, huh?
Oscar: Good for him and good for us, too. Shall we go on now with something charming?
Bing: As you wish, Oscar. Let's say, for instance, you, Peggy and I hit some tunes that we hope will bring back a few pleasant memories to our listeners, hmm?
Oscar: Sure.
Bing: What will we do? Some oldies?
Oscar: No, we'll do some 'antiquies.'
Bing: Antiquies.
Oscar: They were before oldies. Remember this one?
The men then launch into the medley's first number.



Issues

1. Educated Guesses
Please notice that, in the case of CDs that I do not own, I have had to make educated guesses as to which versions of certain songs they contain. The songs from this radio program offer particular difficulty, because Peggy and Bing Crosby sang most of them in multiple broadcasts. To determine which versions have been commercially released, I have naturally listened to the issues that I do have, and have then made educated guesses on the remaining issues. Corrections will be very welcome.

Take, for instance, the case of this session's version of "What Is This Thing Called Love?" I can vouch for the accurate placement of the following issues, to which I have listened:
Magic/Submarine LP: Bing's Magic (1980)
Parrot CD: It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee} (1992)
Castle's / TrueTrax CD: Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee (1994)
Platinum/Start Entertainments CD: Peggy Lee ("The Platinum Collection" Series) (1997)
Snapper/Recall CD: Linger (2000)
Sunflower CD: El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee} (2005)

On the other hand, I have made educated guesses as to the version of "What Is This Thing Called Love?" that appears in the following issues:
Hughes Leisure Group CD: Peggy Lee ("20 Golden Greats / Starburst" Series) (1994)
Pickwick International's Hallmark CD: Peggy Lee Gold (Hallmark's Series) (1995)
Janda CD: The Lady Is A Tramp ("Platinum Collection" Series) (1996)
Golden Options CD: Fever [also issued as Let's Do It, minus 2 tracks] (1998)
Magic / Submarine CD: It's Magic (2007)

Some guesses and arguments are easier to make than others, of course. Take, for instance, the above-listed 2007 Magic/Submarine CD. Since it is essentially a digital reissue of the LP that the same label released in 1980 (a LP that I do have, and which I have also listed above), I feel reasonably confident that both issues include the same version of the song.


Date: December 1, 1948 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: ABC, Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Bob Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) On A Slow Boat To China - 2:08(Frank Loesser)
Reader's Digest Licensed LPRda 4 138 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Sings Again   (1980)
GNP Crescendo Collectors' Label 8-track/CS/LPGnp 9046 — [Bing Crosby] The Radio Years, Volume 2   (1985)
GNP Crescendo Collectors' Label CDGnpd 9052 — [Bing Crosby] The Radio Years   (1987)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) A Little Bird Told Me - 2:43(Harvey O. Brooks)
Jasmine Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Jascd 651 — [Bing Crosby] The Crosby Brothers; Bing & Bob   (2006)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 82 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2108 — El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2141 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guests
"This is Ken Carpenter, welcoming you to Philco Radio Time, produced and transcribed in Hollywood, with John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra, Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires, and Bing's guests Peggy Lee, Kathy Crosby, and Bob Crosby. And now here's my friend, Kathy Crosby's uncle, Bob Crosby's brother, and Peggy Lee's music rag, Bing Crosby!"

2. Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires
This group is heard in "A Little Birdie Told Me" only.

3. Peggy Lee Solos And Duets
No solos are performed by Peggy Lee in this episode. "On A Small Boat To China" is a Lee-Crosby duet. "A Little Bird Told Me" is a trio, the third partner being guest Bob Crosby. Both of these numbers would be reprised in the next broadcast (December 8, 1948), the latter one as a duet (i.e., sans Bob Crosby).


Photo

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Celebration of Bing Crosby's 45th birthday, back in May the third of this year, in New York's Chatham Hotel. Standing next to him is ABC's very first president, Mark Woods, who remained in the presidential position until December 30, 1949.


Patter

1. Introduction To Peggy Lee And Preamble To "On A Slow Boat To China"
Bing: One of the brightest luminaries in song circles these days is a frequent visitor to Philco Radio Time. She chants for Chesterfield, and every so often writes a hit too, with Dave Barbour. It's always a pleasure to greet the beautiful blonde from North Dakota, Miss Peggy Lee.
[Audience applause.]
Peggy: Hello again, Bing!
Bing: Uh-ah; you can't say hello again: that's Jack Benny's opening line.
Peggy: Oh! Ha, I'm sorry. Well, could I say, helll-o everybody?
Bing: Can't ?say ?this line; you want to hear from Ted Collins, hmm?
Peggy: [Chuckles.] Looks like I'm trapped, Bing. Goodbyyyye.
Bing: That's [Jerry] Colonna!. So long, so long now. Where are you going anyhow?
Peggy: I'm taking A Slow Boat To China.
Bing: Well, wait till I flip into my mandarin coat and I'll join you.

2. Preamble To "A Little Bird Told Me"
Peggy: Alright, boys. Break it up, break it up.
Bing: Hi, Peggy. You know my brother, don't you?
Bob: Sure she does. Hi, Peg!
Peggy: Hey, Bob, you and Bing look quite a bit alike. Are you really blood brothers?
Bob: Why, sure we are, except his blood is richer than mine.
Bing: Peggy, you and Bob have something in common: you both have daughters.
Peggy: That's right, Bing. But my Nicki doesn't sing; she's too young.
Bing: What do you mean, too young? When I started singing I was only 11 months old.
Peggy: Eleven months?!
Bob: Sure! That's why he sings the way he does today. A whole spoonful of pablum got stuck down his throat.
Peggy: Ha, ha. Bob, sometimes you sound a lot like Bing, you know.
Bing: Spoon and all got stuck in his throat. Pablum too.
Peggy: Ha, ha. Well, as long as the three of us are standing here, Bing, why don't we try singing together, hmm?
Bing: I'm game as Truman. How about you, Bob?
Bob: I'm game as Doctor Gallup! If we make it sound good, Bing, we may get a 15-minute program of its own.
Bob: If we don't make it good, Philco may cut this one down to 15 -- or a fast 5 or something.
Peggy: Hey, you fellows heard the song about a little bird?
Bing: A Little Birdie Told Me?
Peggy: Yeah.
Bing: Evelyn Knight and The Stardusters does this. Got a smashing disc cut out for Decca. Who's gonna start it?
Peggy: Johnny Trotter. Let's take some and leave some.
Bing: Good enough. John, start the music.
Bob: That's a good idea for a radio program: 'start the music'.
Peggy: Ha, ha.


Issues

1. Educated Guesses
2. "On A Slow Boat To China"
Please notice that, in the case of CDs that I do not own, I have had to make educated guesses as to which versions of certain songs they contain. From this broadcast, the duet "On A Slow Boat To China" offers particular difficulty. Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby sang it on this week and, for a second time, on the following week. Though very similar, there are definitive differences between the two versions -- most notably, Bing's addition of the word "honey" to only one of the two takes. Both versions have been released on various CDs. Unfortunately, I have listened to only a few of the issues that are listed above, under "On A Slow Boat To China." I can vouch for the accuracy of the releases on GNP, Redmond Nostalgia, and Sunflower. All the other items that are listed under this performance should be considered educated guesses which could turn out to be wrong (i.e., they could contain the version from the next session, rather than this session's version).


Date: December 15, 1948 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) A Little Bird Told Me - 1:36(Harvey O. Brooks)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) I Wanna Go Where You Go (Then I'll Be Happy) - 1:36(Lew Brown, Sidney Clare, Cliff Friend)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2108 — El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) On A Slow Boat To China - 2:00(Frank Loesser)
Hallmark/Carlton Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Halmcd 303372 — [Bing Crosby] The Radio Years: Bing Crosby & Friends    (1996)
Proper Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) 45 P 1277 1280 — The Peggy Lee Story   (2002)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
Sounds Of Yesteryear Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Dsoy 9003 — [Bing Crosby] Love Is ...   (2012)
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 84 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 1225 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guests
Ken Carpenter identifies the episode's guests as Bob Hope and "Miss Peggy Lee."

2. Peggy Lee Solos And Duets
"I Wanna Go Where You Go (Then I'll Be Happy)" is a Peggy Lee solo. It is also the first of her two performances of the number in Bing Crosby's radio shows. The second performance, from the February 23, 1949 episode, is actually a duet with Crosby.

The other two numbers listed above are duets by Crosby and Lee. Both duets are reprises: they had been performed in the previous broadcast. (In the case of "A LIttle Bird Told Me," the earlier broadcast was a trio, the third partner having been Bob Crosby.)


Issues

1. Educated Guesses
2. "On A Slow Boat To China"
Please notice that, in the case of CDs that I do not own, I have had to make educated guesses as to which versions of certain songs they contain. From this episode, the duet "On A Slow Boat To China" presents some difficulty. Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby sang the number not only on this episode but also on the previous one. Though very similar, there are definitive different between the versions -- most notably, Bing's addition of the word "honey" to only one of the two takes. Both versions have been released on various CDs. I can vouch for the accuracy of all the CDs listed under this session's version "On A Slow Boat To China;" I have verified that none contains the version from the previous session.


Photos



Pictures of announcer Ken Carpenter, the first from 1943, the second from around 1948, and the third from year unknown.


Patter

1. Reliability of Transcripts
My only aural source for this particular broadcast is a very, very poor-sounding MP3 file. As a result, plenty of dialogue turned out to be inaudible to me -- and some words or phrases that I could have transcribed incorrectly, too.

2. Peggy Lee's Contributions To The Episode's Banter
During Bing Crosby's chat with Ken Carpenter, the host mentions that he has been supplementing his income moonlighting as a Santa Claus during the holidays.
Ken: Oh, look who's here, Bing.
Bing: Peggy Lee. Hiya, Peg.
Peggy: Hi, boys.
Bing: Hey, Peggy, you sure were busy Christmas shopping at the farmer's market yesterday.
Peggy: How do you know? Did you see me?
Bing: See you? I was Santa Claus. You sat on my lap.
Peggy; Oh, that's the lap I sat on.
Bing: Yes, and don't think I didn't appreciate it.
Peggy: Hmm - ha ha.
Bob: Look, Peggy, it's none of my business, but honestly you are a pretty big girl to oughtta be sitting on Santa Claus' lap.
Bing: She oughtta sit where she wants to.
Bing: Would you care to join The Rhythmaires and me in something softly and good?
Peggy: Sure would.
Crosby makes a few more comments before he and Lee finally launch into A Little Bird Told Me.

3. Introduction To "I Wanna Go Where You Go"
Bing: "Comes now Peggy Lee with a great old timer. ?Bounce ?it, Peg."

4. Preamble And Postscript To "On A Slow Boat To China"
Bing: Right now, about, you'll have to excuse me for a minute because Peggy Lee and I are gonna do a stylish duo, On A Slow Boat To China.
Bob Hope: What are am I gonna do while you are singing?
Bing: You can sit down and relax.
Bob: Do you ever do that?
Bob: No, how does it go?
Peggy: Hi, Bob, Bing.
After one more line from Peggy and another from Bing, the host and the female guest sing their duet. Once they are finished, Hope briefly jokes about their performance, saying that it was "sung by ?Pingboat Lee and Tugboat Crosby."

5. Closing Banter
Bing: Well, that about ?wraps it, My thanks to Bob Hope and Peggy Lee for joining our little group tonight.
Peggy: I enjoyed it very much, Bing.
Bing: I enjoyed you, Peggy. I hope you enjoyed yourself, too. I'm feeling so close to Christmas I'd like you, Peggy ___.
A bit later on, Crosby and Hope talk about their plans to go out together after midnight, and Peggy asks if she can go along with them. The men's responses include joking about how she's "got her own money" and "is loaded," now that she's "got her own show for Chesterfield."


Date: December 29, 1948 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: ABC, Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Phil Stevens (b), Joe Venuti (vn), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood}, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Cuánto Le Gusta (La Parranda) - 1:55(Gabriel Ruiz Galindo, Ray Gilbert)
Murray Hill Collectors' Label LP894637 — [Bing Crosby] The Murray Hill Radio Theatre Presents Bing Crosby And Friends   (1976)
DECCA©MCA Victor LP(Japan) 9301 4 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Radio Show   (1977)
HRB Music Collectors' Label LPBcp 1001 — [Bing Crosby] HRB Music Proudly Presents Bing Crosby And Friends   (1977)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) I Got Lucky In The Rain - 2:12(Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
USA Government's "American Red Cross 1949 Campaign" 16" Transcription1-2 — [Bing Crosby] The American Red Cross Presents The Bing Crosby Show   (1949)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Mat Mc/Cd 316 — Let There Be Love; The Best Of Peggy Lee   (1994)
Hughes Leisure Group Public Domain CD(Australia/New Zealand) Stb 8849 — Peggy Lee ("20 Golden Greats / Starburst" Series)    (1994)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Maybe You'll Be There - 2:17(Rube Bloom, Sammy Gallop)
Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label LP(United Kingdom) Awe 1 — [Bing Crosby] Bing's Magic   (1980)
Wisepack's Legends Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Lecd 119 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby ("Legends In Music" Series, Volume 2)    (1995)
Delta's LaserLight Digital Licensed CD12641 — Miss Peggy Lee ("Some Of The Best" Series)   (1996)
On The Air/Blaricum Collectors' Label CS/CD(Netherlands) Ota 401978/101978 — [Bing Crosby] Great Moments With Bing Crosby And Friends, From The Radio Shows    (1997)
Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Dsoy 746 — [Bing Crosby] It's Magic   (2007)
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 86 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time    (1948)
Parrot Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Parcd 001 — It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby And Peggy Lee}   (1992)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 624 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire   (1997)
HLC CDHlc 6649 — [Bing Crosby] On The Air; Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee   (2000)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2108 — El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2142 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel And Songs

1. Guests
Near the start of the program, Ken Carpenter announces that the guests will be Peggy Lee and The Mills Brothers. "Peggy Lee and The Mill...?!," exclaims Bing, "Holy smoke. Our show tonight oughtta be jumpier than a bullfrog on a pogo stick."

2. Perry Botkin, Sr. (guitar)
3. Phil Stevens (bass)
4. Joe Venuti (violin)
Bing Crosby credits the above-listed musicians as the trio that accompanies him in his solo rendition of "Tea For Two." That Crosby solo is the only performance for which the players are identified. Therefore, the trio's inclusion in this session's personnel should be deemed tentative: the bassist and the guitarist are just presumed (not confirmed) to have also played behind Peggy Lee during her numbers. However, I am excluding Joe Venuti because I have not been able to identify a violin among the instruments playing behind Lee's three performances.

5. Solos and Duets
"Cuánto Le Gusta" and "Maybe You'll Be There" are Crosby-Lee duets. As for her solo, this is the first of two Peggy Lee performances of "I Got Lucky In The Rain" in Bing Crosby's show. The second performance, from the January 26, 1949 episode is actually a duet with Crosby, unlike the one from this date.

6. Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires
For their duet performance of this song, Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee receive heavy backing from the 4-member group The Rhythmaires.

7. Ken Carpenter
Bing Crosby mentions that Ken Carpenter has just done his 2000th broadcast.


Photos



Bing Crosby's house in the 1940s. (The postcard bears a December 1948 post office stamp date.) In the later years of his radio career (long after the episodes that featured Peggy Lee), Crosby would tape many of his radio shows at his home. By that time, his programs were broadcast during daytime -- not at primetime hours -- and he probably had long moved from the above-seen residence.


Patter

1. Peggy Lee's Contribution To The Dialogue
Bing: Say, Ken. Peggy Lee is here. You are early, Peg.
Peggy: Hi, Bing, Ken. Was Santa Claus nice to you, boys?
Ken: Oh, ho, I did great.
Bing: I scored lightly. Trixie got me a wonderful electric sleeping bag for pack trips.
Peggy: Electric sleeping bag, eh?
Bing: Yes.
Ken: Say, how can you plug an electric sleeping bag when you are way back in the woods?
Bing: No plug. A very clever cat comes with this bag. You stroke its back and it generates your own electricity. Wonderful thing.
Further patter along the same lines is exchanged among the thee individuals, until Carpenter finally asks the other two to sing, and Crosby lets us know that they will start with the 'musical Berlitz' "Cuánto Le Gusta."

2. Introduction To "I Got Lucky In The Rain"
Crosby explains: "Mike Todd has a new Broadway musical that is a big hit. I'm glad but I'm not surprised because with Bobby Clark in it and such songs as the one that Peggy Lee brings us now it's only understandable. Peggy! [The latter is an exhortation for Lee to start.]" After Peggy Lee finishes her rendition, and while the audience is still applauding, Bing adds, "ah, swell, Peggy, swell."

3. Introduction To "Maybe You'll Be There"
"Peggy and I are ready with a current hit," says Crosby. The duo then tackles "Maybe You'll Be There."

4. Closing Remarks
Peggy: Who's with you next week, Bing?
Bing: Next week, Peggy, Betty Grable, who looks like Philco's new table radio phonograph, will be here.
Peggy: Well, you've got a table or you're gonna hold her on your lap?
Bing: [seeming to ignore Peggy's question, and eliciting audience laughter] "Alllso Harry James will be here.
Peggy: Ooh. I seeee what you mean. [n.b. At this point in time, Gable was married to James.]
Bing: Good night, folks, and a Happy New Year from Philco and all of us. Thank you.


Issues

1. The American Red Cross' 1949 Fund Campaign Presents The Bing Crosby Show [Transcription Disc]
2. Red Cross Programs [CD]
Because I have not listened to either of the above-listed issues, I can only tentatively assume that they contain this broadcast's version of "I Got Lucky In The Rain." Alternatively. they could contain another version, sung on the January 26, 1949 broadcast that is discussed below.


Date: January 12, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: ABC, Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mercer (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Trouble Is A Man - 2:55(Alec Wilder)
Demand Performance Collectors' Label cassetteDpc 707 — The Unforgettable Peggy Lee   (1985)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2108 — El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) On A Slow Mule To Memphis And Macon(Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 88 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2143 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Photo



Undated picture of Bing Crosby in the company of Johnny Mercer. They might have been rehearsing for one of Mercer's five appearances in Crosby's Kraft Music Hall (1938, 1940, 1942, 1945). During Crosby's Philco Radio Time years, Mercer re-appeared twice, first in the episode under discussion and then in a May 1949 broadcast that did not feature Peggy Lee.)


Personnel

1. Guests
Ken Carpenter announces this episode's guests as "Johnny Mercer, the songbird from Savannah, and Peggy Lee, the North Dakota nightingale." (Carpenter then proceeds to call Bing Crosby "the Spokane sparrow.")

2. Peggy Lee Solos
For her solo spot, Peggy Lee tackles "Trouble Is A Man." The other above-listed number is a trio, featuring Crosby, Lee, and Mercer.


Songs And Songwriters

1. "On A Small Mule To Memphis And Macon"
A parody of the novelty hit "On A Slow Boat To China," this song is not identified by title during the broadcast, and there are no other known versions of it. The title "On A Small Mule To Memphis And Macon" is actually my own invention -- an educated guest of mine. As will be seen below, this song is part of the episode's comic sketch.

2. Johnny Mercer
My crediting of guest Johnny Mercer for the parodic lyric "On A Small Mule To Memphis And Macon" should be deemed tentative, because it is based on indirect, collateral evidence. (Collateral: the episode also includes a new set of lyrics for "Small Fry." Before Crosby and Mercer sing those lyrics, the host's commentary suggests that his guest wrote them.)


Patter

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee And Preamble To "Trouble Is A Man"
Bing: The first of our charming guests is certainly no stranger to frequent followers of Phlico's fest roster. By now, she is more a member of our family than just a casual dropper-inner. This of course can only mean the duteous Chesterfield chantoose Miss Peggy Lee.
Peggy: Hi Bing. [audience applause]
Bing: Good evening, Peggy, and how are things going over on the Chesterfield show?
Peggy: Oh, just fine, Bing. Cigarettes, anyone?
[Audience laughter.]
Bing: Take a pack of Philcos! What's your big number tonight, Peg?
Peggy: Well, I thought I might go a little torchy tonight, Bing, and sing Trouble Is A Man.
Bing: In that case, I shall light your torch and sob softly in the corner while you sing.
Peggy: Well, if you are gonna sob, please sob on key, eh?
Bing: It should be strictly contrapuntal sobbing tonight. John Scott, Miss Lee awaits your downbeat.
After Peggy finishes singing and as the audience applauds, Bing adds: "Oh, that was sheer enchantment, Peggy. Now dry your eyes and report back later, hmm?"

2. Sketch: A Mountain Life Love Story
The episode's sketch is a "steering drama" of mountain life that takes place in the hill country of Georgia.
Johnny: I'm Johnny Mercer, a simple mountain boy.
Peggy: I'm Peggy Lee, a simple mountain girl.
John Scott Trotter: I'm Old Pappy Trotter, a simple mountain.
Bing: I'm Bing Crosby; I'm simple.
After a bit more of that type of presentational banter, the action starts.
John [Peggy's grandfather]: Peggy, what's the idea of hanging our cow on the clothes line?
Peggy: Welll, that ain't the cow. That's young doctor Malone's rubber gloves! I wonder where my boyfriends are.
[Knocks are heard on the door.]
Peggy: Come in.
Bing: I'm in.
[A clanging sound is heard.]
John: Bing, what are you wearing on your feet?
Bing: Horse shoes.
Peggy: Horse shoes?!
Bing: Yeah, I took a mule down the blacksmith's shop and they were having an one cent sale and I paid an extra penny and I got 4 more shoes.
Peggy: Well, you are only wearing two. Where's the other two?
Bing: You oughtta ?handle 'em when I sit down!
John: Well, what are we waiting for. Why don't we eat?
Peggy: We oughtta wait for Johnny Mercer.
John: He can't eat. He ain't got no teeth.
Peggy: He has now. I whittled him myself.
John: You oughtta see him. He has the prettiest n_____ smile you ever saw.
[Knocks are heard again.]
Johnny: Hi, Peggy. Can I have a kiss?
Peggy: Okay, baby, dokey.
[Sound of a kiss.]
Johnny: "Wow, what a kiss. Look at the teeth you whittled. Charcoal.
The sketch continues with a bit more banter among Crosby, Mercer, Trotter, and Lee. Then there's the introduction of Ken Carpenter, yet another suitor. Peggy eventually goes on to lament that she doesn't know who to marry, peppering her lament with a string of southern interjections. Bing's plea on his own behalf involves the singing of the parodic song "On A Small Mule To Memphis." Peggy joins him half way through. A second plea-in-song comes from Johnny, who sings "On A Small Mule To Macon;" once again, Peggy joins halfway through. The three main characters end up singing one final chorus of the song, as they take a ride together on the same mule to Memphis. This ending basically leaves the matter of choosing a suitor unsolved, thereby opening up the narrative to the implication that poligamy might be in Peggy's future. (Bing comments that she can marry them both.)


Date: January 26, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 01/03/49)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), A. J. Cicerone, George Hall, Alex Massey, John "Jack" Mayhew, Paul Rosen, George Smith (r), Robert "Bobby" Guy, Earl Penny (t), Lou McGarity, Willard Spencer (tb), Loring "Red" Nichols (c), Ted Bergren, Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), James Moore, Israel "Izzy" Rosenbaum (sb), Edwin "Buddy" Cole (p), Nick Fatool (d), Walter Borella, Frank Houser, Joseph Maita, Mischa Novy, Mayer Oberman, C. Russo (vn), Melvin Bandel (vc), Abe Burrows, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) So Dear To My Heart - 2:12(Ticker Freeman, Irving Taylor)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) I Got Lucky In The Rain(Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) When You're In Love With The Lover You Love(Abe Burrows)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
d. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) California(Abe Burrows)
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 90 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2144 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel And Sources

1. Guests
Announcer Ken Carpenter identifies the episode's guests as "Peggy Lee, who sings for Chesterfield, and Abe Burrows, who sings for laughs." (He then adds, "and now, here is Bing Crosby, who sings for the fun of it.")

2. Musicians
3. Ted Bergren
My source for the above-listed personnel is The Red Nichols Story: After Intermission, 1942-1965, written by Philip R. Evans, Stanley Hester, Stephen Hester, and Linda Evans. Under this January 26, 1949 session, the authors note that "neither the contract nor the payroll sheets for this period were located, but the personnel is believed to be" the group of musicians in question.

Notice also that the authors list two guitarists for this broadcast, one of them being the show's regular (Perry Botkin, Sr.) and the other one being Ted Bergren. Under another broadcast (September 21, 1949), Bergren is listed by the authors as the session's librarian or copyist. (Botkin, Sr. is also known to have served a double function on the show. He was not only its guitarist but also its hiring contractor.)

4. Solos and Duets
This is the second of Peggy Lee's two performances of "I Got Lucky In The Rain" in Bing Crosby programming. The first rendition, from the December 29, 1948 broadcast, is actually a solo. In this episode's reprise, she duets with Crosby. "So Dear To My Heart" serves as Peggy Lee's solo for the episode.

"When You’re In Love With The Lover You Love" and "California" are part of a musical sketch that parodies both operettas and westerns. "When You’re In Love With The Lover You Love" is another duet with Crosby, "California" a trio with Abe Burrows. For more details, see the Patter transcribed below.


Photos



Undated pictures of bandleader John Scott Trotter.


Patter

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee And Preamble To "So Dear To My Heart"
Bing: Here once again this evening your guest is your dear friend and ours pretty Peggy Lee. What are you going to chant for us tonight, Peggy?
Peggy: So Dear To My Heart, Bing.
Bing: Heh, you are going to make Mister Disney very happy -- and me, too.

2. Peggy Lee's Banter With Bing Crosby
Bing: Oh, Peg, that was real, real good.
Peggy: Heh, heh, thank you, Bing. Hey, by the way, I have a message for you.
Bing: A message for me?
Peggy: Yeah, I was parked in Mullholland Drive last night ...
[This mention of Mullholland Drive refers back to comments made by Crosby in his earlier patter with Ken Carpenter.]
Bing: Yeah?
Peggy: Yeah, and an owl stuck his head in the car and said, whatever happened to Crosby? [Audience laughter]
Bing: Yeah, whatever happened to him. It's probably one of your lovebirds.
Peggy: Ha ha! Nnoo!
[This sounds like a genuine rather than a scripted reaction; Peggy sounds both tickled and scandalized at the implications -- i.e., the charge that she is among those who habitually park at a well-known lovers' lane in order to carry 'lovebird' affairs.]
Bing: Peggy, I think we better scurry into a tune before too much of my reckless, peckless p____ comes to light here.
Peggy [still sounding genuinely amused]: Ha, ha. Okay, let's do Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson's new tune I Got Lucky In The Rain.
Bing: Oh, we could stand a little rain, I guess. John Scott, reach up with your baton and puncture the clouds.

3. The Purple Phantom Sketch
According to guest Abe Burrows, his operetta "takes place in Old California about 78 years ago," and its hero is a Robin Hood-like bandit named the Purple Phantom. Peggy Lee plays Jennifer, the British niece of an earl, with whom she is traveling on a stagecoach. After shooting the coach's driver and hitting the earl, the Phantom kidnaps Jennifer, taking her to the mountains. They fall in love, of course, and their affection is proclaimed through the parodic song "When You’re In Love With The Lover You Love." Serving as the sketch's big finale is a song called "California," described by Burrows as an Oklahoma-type number. The whole sketch greatly amuses the in-studio audience, as well as the participants. (During the singing of the fast-paced "California," Peggy Lee is heard losing her place at one point, in part because of the fun that she is having.)

4. Closing
Bing: I'd like to offer a firm hand and a hearty thank you to Peggy Lee and Abe Burrows for contributing to this evening's concerto.
Peggy: Ha, ha, ha! What happens next week, Bing?
Bing: Well, actually, Peggy, we are being beamed from San Francisco.
Peggy: Uuff.
Abe: Who's gonna be with you, Bing, and should I bring my 'piana?'
Bing: Well, if you do -- if you do, it will be shambles because the mighty Jimmy Durante will be onstage and you knows what he does to a 'pianer.'
Peggy: Well, can you handle Durante alone?
Bing: Not up to it -- not up to it, I'll get our dear girl Gertrude Niesen to assist me.
Peggy: Ha, ha.
Abe: Niesen and Durante? It should be a smash!
Bing: We are going all out.
Peggy: I'll be riveted to my Philco, Bing.
Abe: I'll try to dig it, too, son.
Bing: Thank you. So long, Peggy. So long, Abe. Good night, folks, and thank you very much.


Date: February 23, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Unknown (g), Milton De Lugg (p), Abe Burrows, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) I Wanna Go Where You Go (Then I'll Be Happy) - 1:46(Lew Brown, Sidney Clare, Cliff Friend)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 94 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
Viper's Nest Collectors' Label CDVn 1003 — [Bing Crosby] Live Duets, 1947-1949   (1996)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) So In Love - 2:51(Cole Porter)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 94 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
Viper's Nest Collectors' Label CDVn 1003 — [Bing Crosby] Live Duets, 1947-1949   (1996)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2108 — El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) It Means That We Are We - 0:34(Abe Burrows)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 94 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2108 — El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
d. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Happy, Happy, Happy Days(Abe Burrows)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 94 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
e. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) [Musical Commercial] The Philco Dittendorten National Anthem(Abe Burrows)
All titles on: Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2146 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   


Personnel And Songs

1. Guests
Ken Carpenter introduces the show's guests as "Peggy Lee, a pretty girl," and Abe Burrows, "a funny man." (While introducing the show's host, he adds, "oh, and here's Bing Crosby, a carefree boy.")

2. Solos And Duets
Peggy Lee did not sing any solos in this show. "I Wanna Go Where You Go" and "So In Love" are duets with Crosby.

This is the second of two Peggy Lee performances of "I Wanna Go Where You Go (Then I'll Be Happy)" in Bing Crosby radio programming. The first performance, from the December 15, 1948 episode, is actually a Lee solo.

"So In Love" is the first of also two performances. Crosby and Lee's second take on "So in Love" was heard during Lee's next appearance in the show, on the March 9, 1949 broadcast.

The other above-listed pieces are part of the episode's parodic sketch, described in some detail below. The Crosby-Lee duet "It Means That We Are" is actually a very short piece -- one chorus or so. "Happy, Happy Days" features the singing of all three sketch participants: Burrows, Crosby, and Lee. So does "The Philco Dittendorten National Anthem."

3. "The Philco Dittendorten National Anthem"
This is a promotional commercial on behalf of Philco products, adapted this time to form part of the episode's sketch. I should clarify that the title "The Philco Dittendorten National Anthem" is entirely my invention (though based on my listening of the lyrics, of course). The data at hand gives it no title other than a generic "Philco Commercial."


Songwriters

1. Abe Burrows
A celebrated parodist, guest star Abe Burrows is presumed to have written all the songs that are part of the episode's main sketch. The show's patter certainly suggests that he did so. However, since no official corroboration for the claim is known to me, all songwriting credits to Burrows should be deemed tentative. (The possibility that he might have co-written this material could also be entertained.)


Photo


Picture of Bing Crosby, dated 1949.


Personnel And Music

1. Milton Delugg
Toward the end of this episode, Bing Crosby thanks his guests (a customary practice on his part. Right after he mentions Abe Burrows' name, Crosby also thanks accordionist and pianist Milton Delugg, whose presence had not been acknowledged at the start of the show. DeLugg was Burrows' regular accompanist at the time, and probably supplied the piano playing in all the Burrows-written sketches and musical numbers. (During the 1947-1948 radio season, The Abe Burrows Show had aired with DeLugg as Burrows' accompanist.)

2. "So In Love"
The initial vocal choruses of "So In Love" are accompanied by guitar only. Strings join in during the ensuing choruses, in which the guitar is still prominently featured.


Patter And Sketches

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee And Preamble To "I Wanna Go Where You Go"
Bing: ... I have a very charming accomplice this evening.
Ken: Oh, you mean Peggy Lee.
Bing: The Chesterfield girl herself. Take a bow, Peggy.
[Audience applause.]
Peggy: Hi, fellows.
Bing: ?That's quite ?an ?ensemble tonight.
Peggy: Oh, thank you.
Bing: Peggy, how about it; are you ready?
Peggy: I'm all set, Bing.
Bing: The Rhythmaires are gliding alongside in their canoe, bringing along beads, hard cocoanuts, bits of coral, and a very stylish arrangement of I Wanna Go Where You Go.
Peggy: Ah, the natives look so charming in this quaint little aisle of Philco.
Bing: Yes. Let's go. Shall we? _______ segueway right into aloha on the steel guitar. John, let's do it.

2. Preamble To "So In Love"
Bing: Miss Lee, would you join in presenting for the first time in this radio program a song entitled So In Love?
Peggy: Oh, I'd love to.
Bing: You got yourself a boy, Peg.
Peggy: And you got yourself a girl.
Bing (wistfully): At last.
[Audience laughter.]

3. The Duke Of Dittendorten Sketch
This parodic sketch is described by Abe Burrows as a "romantic kingdom operetta." Peggy Lee plays the role of Schnapsie, a German barmaid "dressed in a gown [with] a plunging neckline [and an] apron-plunging helm, carrying a gold plunger." Lee's intentionally wacky German accent elicits hearty laughs from the audience, and ditto for her delivery of a joke about the bar's beer. Of course, by the end of the sketch, her character has evolved from a commoner to the duchess of Dottendittern, the nearby kingdom. Dottendittern merges with Dittendorten when that kingdom's Duke (played by Crosby) picks Lee during his search for a wife. (Incidentally, a wife is defined in the script as "one of those soft round things").


Date: March 9, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: Marines Theater Memorial, San Francisco, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) So In Love - 2:51(Cole Porter)
USA Government's "American Red Cross 1949 Campaign" 16" Transcription1-2 — [Bing Crosby] Special Opportunity Drive Guest Star   (1949)
USA Government's Treasury Department Service 16" TranscriptionGxtv 108470 — [Various Artists] Treasury Of Stars; 25th Anniversary Album, 1941-1966   (1966)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) When Is Sometime? - 1:30(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2108 — El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Once And For Always - 2:04(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
USA Government's Department Of State 16" TranscriptionPrograms No. 15 & No. 16 — American Personalities Parade   (1949)
Viper's Nest Collectors' Label CDVn 1003 — [Bing Crosby] Live Duets, 1947-1949   (1996)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2108 — El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 96 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2147 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Songs

1. Repertoire
This episode concentrates on songs from the then-upcoming movie A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court, starring Bing Crosby.


Personnel

1. Guests
Contrary to customary procedure, the guests of this episode are not announced at the start of the show. (On this matter, see also the Patter below, point #1.) The first guest to eventually make an appearance is Peggy Lee. The second guest is Phil Harris, who comes accompanied by his sidekick Elliott Lewis (aka Frank Remley, supposedly Harris' guitar player). Lewis is also identified as a guest, and thanked at the end of the show, along with Harris and Lee.

2. Perry Botkin, Sr.
The accompaniment for "So In Love" consists almost exclusively of guitar, presumably from Botkin. As part of the banter with Phil Harris and his make-believe guitarist Elliott Lewis (banter about the possibility of hiring the latter for Philco Radio Time), Bing Crosby says that he can't fire guitarist Perry Botkin because Botkin has been with him for over 10 years and knows his "every nuance."

3. Duets And Solos
"When Is Sometime?" serves as Peggy Lee's solo for this episode. "So In Love" and "Once and For Always" are Lee-Crosby duets. This was Crosby and Lee's second take on "So in Love"; the first had been heard during Lee's previous appearance in the show, broadcast on February 23, 1949.


Patter

1. Dialogue About The Supposed Absence Of Guests For The Episode
Ken Carpenter and Bing Crosby start their banter by saying that they are in trouble, because their scheduled guests Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, and Joe Venuti won't be in the show until the following week, after all.
Ken: But Bing, this is serious. What are we gonna do?
Bing; Well, somebody is bound to drop in and help us tonight, Ken. Our agents ?throughout are scouring the town at this very moment, armed with guns, nets and money. Meanwhile, while they are at it, John Scott Trotter and The Rhythmaires are ready.
Crosby then announces his first solo. After Crosby finishes singing, Ken Carpenter returns to topic:
Ken: But Bing, I'm still worried about not having any guests.
Bing: What do you mean, no guests? Look yonder there. Isn't that Peggy Lee?
Ken: Well, it certainly is!
Bing: And I bet this is only the beginning. Hi ya, Peg. What brings you here?
Peggy: Well, I was standing in the lobby of the St. Francis and a fellow stuck a gun on my rib and threw a melee with me and handed me a five dollar bill and here I am.
[Audience applause.]
Bing: Well! And I'm glad to see you, as well as I might be. You see, Ken, you see what I told you? I knew our boys would snag some people. You can take the net off now, Peg.
Peggy: Ha, ha!
Bing: Say, Peggy, a few weeks ago we did a duet on that fine Cole Porter tune So In Love. You want to do it again now while you here and ...?
Peggy: Yeah, I've got my five bucks --that is for something.
Bing: You got it.

2. Sketch
Phil Harris is trying to find guitarist Frank Remley a job with Bing Crosby, but Frankie is too captivated by Peggy to go meet Bing.
Phil: Hey, Frankie!
Frank: Hi, ya, honey. What's your name?
Peggy: Peggy Lee.
Phil: Look Frankie, this is Bing over here -- the one on the smock. You got the wrong blonde.
Frank: What are you doing here, honey?
Peggy: Well, I work here.
Phil: Frankie, will you break it up? I'm trying to get you some work.
Frank: I don't need work. My girl's got a job!
Phil: Listen, Frankie, you just don't go out and grab some blonde because she happens to have a good job.
Bing (in an aside): Look who's talking. [n.b.: Harris was married to Hollywood star Alice Faye.]


Issues

1. Special Opportunity Drive Guest Star [Transcription Disc]

These two items are not available to me, and information about them is scant. However, I have seen photos online. The disc's label bears the inscription "do not play before May 29, 1949." The material featuring Crosby and Lee can be found on side #114 of the disc; the other side features Jo Stafford and The Starlighters with Paul Weston. As with all other Guest Star transcription discs, the Treasury Department's U.S. Saving Bonds Division produced it.

Only one of the transcription's numbers feature Lee: "So In Love," performed as a duet with Bing Crosby.

Most of the other episodes of late 1940s-early 1950s episodes of Guest Star which feature Peggy Lee contain new, fresh performances from her. (Details about them can be found throughout this discography's this page for military- and government-produced shows.)

I believe that the present episode is one of two or three exceptions to the featuring of fresh Lee performances.

I believe that late 1940s-early 1950s Guest Star episodes which bore a special name, such as this one (i.e. Special Opportunity Drive) are exceptions to the pattern described in the previous paragraph: they do not feature fresh performances, but cull instead material performed on other shows. In the specific case under discussion, I am obviously indicating that the version of "So In Love" that was heard during the Special Opportunity Drive episode was taken from Bing Crosby's show.

The fact that I have not actually listened to the Special Opportunity Drive poses significant challenges in my ability to pinpoint its particular, including even the identification of the correct version of "So In Love" that was reprised. "So In Love" was sung by Crosby and Lee not only on the present episode of Philco Radio Time but also on the episode dated February 23, 1949, which has already been itemized above. Hence the listing of Special Opportunity Drive Guest Star under this session's version of "So In Love" should be deemed tentative; the version from the earlier date remains a viable alternative.

2. Treasury Of Stars, 25th Anniversary [LP]
The front cover of this 2LP set describes its contents as "music through the years for the United States Savings Bonds." It features a spoken intro by Merv Griffin. (As is also the case for the item discussed in the preceding paragraphs, this LP is not available to me, and I have not been able to listen to its contents.)


The Promotional Tie-In Shows (March 1949 & December 1948)




On March 10, 1949, the tables were turned: Bing Crosby was the guest on the show that Peggy Lee regularly hosted every Thursday, The Chesterfield Supper Club. The (transcribed) appearance was eventful. Lee an Crosby talked about the fact that the next season of Crosby's show would be sponsored by Chesterfield; he was thus joining her 'radio family.' Promotion was actually the order of the day -- or rather, the tenet that guided the guest appearance. Once again (as in the March 9 episode itemized above), the repertoire consisted of songs from Crosby's then-current movie, A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court. Lee and Crosby sang duet versions of "If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon" and "When Is Sometime." Lee also did a solo rendition of "Once And For Always." (Incidentally, this episode has its own separate entry in the page that this discography dedicates to Lee's Supper Club Show.)





Also in 1949, Bing Crosby became the host for The Minute Maid Show, a 15-minute program that ran each morning on CBS-radio at least one season. The program seems to have actually debuted on December 8, 1948. (Confirmation is needed.) As usual, his old reliable companion Ken Carpenter stood by his side, serving as the show's master of ceremonies and partner in bantering. Pitches for Minute Maid were often made by The Old Groaner himself. One thing that he did not often do in this series, however, was singing. Primarily functioning instead as a disc jockey, he played his own records and those of other artists. In the series' third episode, which seems to have run on Friday, December 10, 1948, Crosby the disc jockey played Peggy Lee's 1947 Capitol recording of "Why Don't You Do Right."





In the picture seen immediately above, Peggy Lee is on board for Bing Crosby's pitch of a product from his native state. Date unknown; probably 1949 or 1950. The other above-shown images are Minute Maid advertisements featuring Crosby, who had actually become an investor on the company's so called concentrated orange juice in 1948. Along with welcoming him as one of the stockholders, Minute Maid also gave the artist the title of Chairman of the Board and granted Bing Crosby Enterprises exclusive distribution rights of the product on the West Coast. Around this time, Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé were also scheduled to be featured in Sunkist Oranges national ads, thanks to a tie-in orchestrated by their recording company, Capitol Records (and, presumably, by their shared manager, Carlos Gastel).


Date: March 16, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 2/21/49)
Location: Marines Memorial Theater, San Francisco, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

Louis Armstrong (t), Jack Teagarden (tb), Loring "Red" Nichols (c), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), James Moore (b), Edwin "Buddy" Cole (p), Nick Fatool (d), Joe Venuti (vn), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) You Was - 3:30(Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 97 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
Magic/Submarine Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Dawe 48 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Swings   (1991)
Delta Public Domain LP(Germany) Da 50.105 — [Various Artists] Glamour Stars Of Hollywood   
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2148 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel (And Photo)

1. Guests
Ken Carpenter announces the episode's guests as "Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, and Joe Venuti."

2. Solos And Duets
"You Was" is a Peggy Lee- Bing Crosby duet. In this broadcast, Lee is not heard singing any solos.

3. Instrumentalists
The claim that the episode's male guests perform during the Lee-Crosby duet should be deemed very tentative. Since the singers are backed by ensemble playing, Armstrong and Teagarden would have had to join the group, without performing any solos throughout. In a comment quoted below (under Patter), Crosby refers to "the boys" which will be "blowing and playing and stroking and swinging" during the performance, but does not identify them by name.

4. Photograph
Three of this episode's guests are seen below, in an undated publicity photo that was probably taken during the rehearsal for the show. The same three guests went on to appear in an episode from Crosby's next series (CBS' The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield, January 25, 1950). Hence doubt could be cast as to which of the two episodes is connected to the photo. However, given the visibility of an ABC microphone, the photo must bear a direct relation to ABC's Philco Radio Time, not to CBS' Chesterfield show.

Notice that the photograph is at odds with the contents of the broadcast: Lee did not sing any solos. Pictures taken for publicity purposes do not have to accurately represent the events that transpired during the given rehearsal. The guests could have struck performing poses solely for the benefit of the camera. Also, due to factors such as time constraints, the final taping could have excluded some performances that had been tried at the rehearsal.


Patter

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee
Bing: But now, Ken, Miss Peggy Lee approaches.
Ken: Ah, that's what I call a slick chick.
Bing: Ken, you are here in San Francisco to do a radio show. You are not here on a convention.
Ken: And the reason why I can't live a little?
Bing: Please, please. When a pretty girl walks up to the microphone, act like a gentleman. Like this. Good evening, Miss Lee.
Peggy: Miss Lee??
Bing: Yes.
Peggy: Oh, now, Bing, just because I couldn't have lunch with you, you don't have to give me the ice.
Bing: It's not that, Peggy. It's just that I think that we should be more formal on the program. That's why I'm wearing a dinner jacket.
Peggy: Ha, ha, ha. Oh, that's not a dinner jacket.
Bing: I'm gonna eat dinner in it. [Audience laughter.] Now, Peg, how about us doing the big duet we had scheduled for an opening?
Peggy: I am ready.
Bing: Then ?right away. Scott, if you have You Was there, on the racks, please drop a downbeat, huh, and get those boys going blowing and playing and stroking and swinging.

2. Postscript to "You Was"
Presumably featuring stellar accompaniment from both the regular ensemble and the guests (Armstrong, Teagarden), Bing and Peggy's duet rendition of "You Was" elicits very appreciative applause from the audience.
Bing: That's the nicest thing that ever came out of North Dakota, I'll tell you that.
Ken: Wonderful Fargo, North Dakota. Very nice, Peggy and Bing. You was terrific.
Bing: Was we?
Ken: Oh, yeah, you certainly was.
[Carpenter and Crosby move on to their pitch for Philco.]

3. Closing Remarks
Bing: Well, that about brings this bash bubbling to the brim. I'd like to tilt my s__ to Miss Peggy Lee for buzzing up for Tinselville. Isn't that nice, Tinselville? ...
Peggy: Heh, that's very nice.
Bing: ... to be with us tonight?
Peggy: Well, it was a ?craft-full ?teach for me, Bing. I really enjoyed hearing the mellow members of the society of hot.
Bing: Yes, le jazz hot. How about that. Those lads really laid a limp lag on the line, don't they?
Peggy: Ha, ha.
Louis Armstrong: We are just warming up, Mist'r Bing. You oughtta be here about 4 in the morning.
Bing: Oh, no, noo. That's way past my bedtime, Louie.
Jack Teagarden: What's the matter, Bing? Have you a square jaw?
Bing: No, they just softened me up. I gotta get home early and hit the hay or I'm just a mess in the morning."
Crosby then thanks Teagarden and Armstrong, and wishes them a good time while they play at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Joe Venuti is called on next, and his current gig is plugged as well. So is Crosby's own appearance at the Paramount.
Peggy: Who's gonna be with you next week, Bing?
Bing: Next week, Peggy, Broadway's favorite daughter, marvelous Ethel Merman, joins us in California.
Peggy: That I have to hear.
Bing: Oh, don't miss it. She really comes on.





Date: April 13, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood}, The Gonzaga University Glee Club (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Easter Parade - 2:30(Irving Berlin)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Down The Old Ox Road - 2:30(Sam Coslow, Arthur Johnston)
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Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 101 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
USA Government's Department Of State 16" TranscriptionPrograms No. 15 & No. 16 — American Personalities Parade   (1949)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 2150 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guests
The episode's guests are Peggy Lee and the Gonzaga University Glee Club (Spokane, Washington). Enthusiastically loud applause is heard after most of the songs, most likely coming from a young college audience and/or from the club's members.

2. Solos And Duets
Both of the above-listed performances from this episode are Lee-Crosby duets. "Easter Parade" is a reprise; the pair's first performance of this song had been heard in the March 24, 1948 broadcast.


Patter

1. Banter And Preamble To "Easter Parade"
Peggy: Hi, fellows.
Bing: Well, looks who's here, Peggy Lee!
[Audience applause.]
Bing: Peg, you are really coming on tonight. You really decked up. You are giving us a preview of your new Easter gown?
Peggy: Well, no Bing, but this dress is the very latest thing. It was flown over from Paris.
Bing: Flown over, huh? Is the rest of it coming by boat?
Peggy: No, Bing, that's all there is. There isn't any more.
Bing: Oh, poor dear, you must be cold. Ken, wrap your coat around Peg's shoulders.
Ken: Well, I'd be glad to.
Bing: Well, take it off first!
Ken: Where's your coat, Bing?
Bing: On the parking lot.
Ken: On the car?
Bing: No, just in a parking space. I didn't bring my car today.
Peggy: Well, did you walk down, Bing?
Bing: No, I hopped. Ken says I'm a rabbit. I'll start a trend. Now, delightful as this dialogue might seem to us, I think that Peggy and I should hop into a song, and perhaps The Ryhthmaires will care to hop along with us.
Peggy: If Cassidy's here, he can hop along, too.
Bing: Oh, come now, Peggy, this isn't television. In honor of the Easter bunny, Mister Trotter conducts the orchestra this evening with a bright orange carrot. Our selection is Irving Berlin's Easter Parade.

2. Preamble to "Down The Old Ox Road"
Peggy: Gee, that was really fine, boys and Bing.
Bing: Call me a boy tonight, too, will you, Peggy?
Peggy: Call you a boy?
Bing: Yeah.
Peggy: Well, you have four already. You want another one?
Bing: I'll pass, thanks. As Groucho Marx used to say, if I want a boy, I'll call Western Union. Really, Peg, tonight I'm in a very collegiate mood. With practically no persuasion, I think I can sing Down The Old Road.
Peggy: And with even less persuasion, I'll join you.
Bing: Capital! This tune really goes back. Way, way back before bees had propellers on. Scott Trott! John Scott, let's head down the old road. Has some local connotation which eludes me. [Sparse laughter.]

3. Sketch: Bing's College Days
Bing: Singing that song really remind me of my old college days.
Peggy: What about your college nights?
Bing: Oh, those too. Especially.
Peggy: Ha, ha.
Bing: Oh, I remember the yearning I had for a college education. But things were rough. I never thought I'd be able to go to college. They were tough, bitter years, and I struggled and fought and worked as hard as I could to make it. Finally, after 8 years, I got out of high school. That summer, my father took me aside and talked to me man to man.

The dialogue then moves on to Bing's reminiscences about his luck with girls. This segment of the dialogue devolves into a succession of vignettes. In the first vignette, Peggy plays a young woman who lives in Spokane with her family.
Peggy: Oh, look father, there come some college boys down the street.
Father: College boys?! Don't let them get inside the house!
Peggy: But father. These are Gonzaga men.
Father: Then take your mother with you.
Peggy: Oh look father. Bing Crosby is with them.
Father: Take your grandma inside!
Bing: Evening, evening, Miss Peggy. Come out from under the Porsche now. I want you to see me in my raccoon coat.
Peggy: Oooh, it's beautiful. But isn't it a little big on you?
Bing: Yeah, a little. It used to belong to my brother Everett.
Peggy: Oh, how is Everett?
Bing: He's done right well. He's wearing a mink coat now.
Peggy: Mink?!
Bing: Yes!
Peggy: "Jeepers creepers! How did he make enough money to buy a mink?
Bing: He sold me this raccoon coat.

The sketch moves on next (sans Peggy Lee) to young Bing Crosby's experiences in sports and scholastics. Afterwards, Crosby comes back to the topic of girls.
Bing: Ah, yes. Yes. Those were the golden days. And the nights weren't bad either. In the springtime, when the air was balmy and the moon was full, many's the night I spent with a charming young lady canoeing on the lake.
Peggy: Gee, Bing, they had canoes in those days?
Bing: In those days, Peg, we got our canoes direct from the Indians.
Bing is then heard talking with an Indian canoe dealer, from whom he obtains a canoe in exchange for his raccoon coat.
Bing: Later that night, you could've found me in my canoe strumming the ukulele to a beautiful girl sitting under the moon in Spirit Lake.
Local man: Say, Bucky.
Bing" What is it?
Local man: Say, why is it that all you young fellows call this here Spirit Lake?
Bing: Well, I'll show you, old timer. Say, honey, how's it about a kiss?
Peggy: Sure, big boy.
[The sound of a kiss is heard.]
Bing: That's the spirit.

Bing: After 4 years that passed all too quickly, graduation day arrived.
Peggy: Were you there?
Bing: I certainly was. I must admit, of all the graduates on the stage, I was the outstanding one, dressed in cap and gown.
Peggy: Well, didn't the other boys wear caps and gowns?
Bing: Yes, but I wore a bathing cap and a nightgown. You see, I was a night guard at Hayden Lake and I came right from work.

The sketch ends with Bing's graduation day, in which the dean does not give him his diploma because it isn't ready. (The reason for the delay: the dean tells him that the school didn't think he would ever graduate.)


Photo



A 1948 photo of Peggy Lee, presumably taken on or around Easter. See also photo under March 24, 1948 broadcast session.


Date: April 27, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Abe Burrows, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Bali Ha'i - 2:45(Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
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b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Bebop Spoken Here - 2:18(Milton DeLugg, Matt Malneck)
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c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Upper Peabody Technological College(Abe Burrows)
d. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) She's The Sweetheart Of Delta Delta Tau(Abe Burrows)
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 103 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
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Personnel

1. Guests
According to Ken Carpenter during his customary opening of the show, the episode's guest are Abe Burrows "who sings on records and nightclubs and on the radio, and Peggy Lee, who sings on records and nightclubs and on the radio." ("Now," continues Carpenter, "here's a man who sings on records and on the radio, at golf matches, in bathtubs, plumbing store openings, during the seventh-inning stretch of Forbes Fields, Pittsburgh, at silo dedications and in vacant lots: Bing Crosby!")

2. Solos And Duets
"Bali Ha'i" is a Peggy Lee solo, and "Bebop Spoken Here" a duet with Crosby. The other above-listed numbers are part of Abe Burrows' parodic sketch. "Upper Peabody Technological College" is a trio. "She's The Sweetheart Of Delta Delta Tau" is a Burrows and Lee duet. Lee would reprise "Bali Ha'i" during her next appearance in the show (May 11, 1949).


Patter

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee And Prelude To "Bali Ha'i"
Bing: "Chesterfield's charming chantoose and Bali Ha'i, from Tales Of The South Pacific."

2. Preamble To "Bebop Spoken Here"
After Peggy finishes her performance, and as the audience applauds, Bing speaks again.
Bing: Ah, that was lovely, Peggy. Fiiine.
Peggy: Ah, dank you. Dank you."
[Lee's "dank you" is an intentional echo, alluding to the use of the phrase during an earlier vignette in which she was not involved.]
Bing: If I could get a ?berth on the ?Southern ?Cross and the Sea of S__ S___, I'd give the whole thing up in ?an ?hour. Ahem! You were superb, really. Say, Peg, I heard some rumblings among the sharper circles that the cats are considering me a little behind the beat.
Peggy: Ah, what are you talking about, Bing?
Bing: Well, Peg, in a word, and a mighty strange word it is, bebop.
Well, I'll tell you, Milton DeLugg and Matty Malnek have written a musical lesson that explains the whole thing, called Bebop Spoken Here, I think.
Big: Well, I'd like to articulate right here. Yes, let's see, I'll tell you what, Peg, we'll try this. You'll be and I'll bop.
Peggy: Crazy, man!
Bing: [Answers with onomatopoeic bebop lingo.]

3. The Upper Peabody Technological College Sketch
The episode's sketch is another of guest Abe Burrows' parodies. This one is, in his own wording, "a college-type musical." Bing plays the role of Crusher Crosby, a dim-witted country boy who attends Upper Peabody Technological College, where he is the star of the football team. Crusher eventually tells coach Burrows that something is gnawing at him.
Crusher: I got a hankerin' for romance."
Abe: Romance puts pressure. A man can't play football and go out with girl.
Crusher: Why not? Girls don't mind being tackled.
Abe: Well, I know how you feel. I know how they feel, too: soft. [Audience laughter.] Well, look, look it here. Here comes a girl you're gonna like. It's Peggy Lee.
Peggy: Hel-lo.
Crusher: Hello .... This is what I've been thinking about, coach. [Audience laughter.]
Crusher: Say, you are as pretty as a red-wing blackbird approaching upon a yellow pumpkin.
Peggy: So, he ?ain't a poet.
Abe: Crusher, you know what Peggy is? She is a song cue.
Crusher: A songquew?
Abe: Well, she the sweetheart of Delta Delta Tau.
Abe: Well, I know you two are going to get along real fine.
Peggy: Say, Crusher, you know where we are?
Crusher: Where?
Peggy: Well, this is called lovers' lane.
Abe: Yeah, and over there is Flirtation Walk. And right next to it is Neckers' Nook. And behind that is Schmochers' Rock. And right beside that is Woo-pitching Wallow.
Crusher: This sure is a busy place.
Peggy: Well, where do we go, Crusher?
Bing: Well, I'm a little nervous. You got anything called Casual Acquaintances Bench?
The sketch then moves on to Crusher's vicissitudes as he learns that he has to pass his courses in order to be able to remain in the football team.


Date: May 11, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francsico, California
Label: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Israel "Izzy" Rosenbaum (b), Alec Templeton (p), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies - 1:42(Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster) / arr: John Scott Trotter
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b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Far Away Places(Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 105 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Blue Hawaii(Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 105 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
d. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) Bali Ha'i - 3:16(Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionProgram 105 — [Bing Crosby] Philco Radio Time   (1949)
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e. ExtantBing Crosby Show (ABC) [Musical Commercial] You Ought To Get A Portable Philco(Alec Templeton)
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Photo

Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee together, exact date and occasion unknown. The year is most likely to be either 1949 or 1950. The occasion could be a joint performance at an unidentified venue, or the Crosby movie Mr. Music, on which Lee had a cameo, or the taping of a radio broadcast. (The latter strikes me at the least likely of the options, because both artists seem to be dressed for a more
formal, special occasion. Then again, one such special could be a broadcast such as the one presently highly highlighted, since it took place in San Francisco instead of Los Angeles.)


Personnel

1. Guests
Billed as the episodes guests are Alec Templeton and Peggy Lee. Unlike most other episodes, this time Lee's name is mentioned second rather than first. Templeton had also guested in the episode that preceded this one (along with Carole Richards).

2. Perry Botkin, Sr.
3. Izzy Rosenbaum
These two musicians are tentatively listed in this session. Because Bing Crosby credits them as playing in his solo rendition of "Ghost Riders In The Sky," they are presumed to also play in the numbers sung by Peggy Lee. Perry Botkin is known to have been a regular member of the show. Rosenbaum appears to have been the show's bassist at this point in time.

4. Solos, Duets And Medleys
The above-listed musical commercial features the trio of Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, and Alec Templeton. "How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies" is a Crosby-Lee duet. They actually performed the song twice on radio, first in this episode and next in an episode broadcast on October 12, 1949. Crosby had also sung a solo version of "How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies"in an earlier episode (April 27, 1949) that happened to feature Lee.

The other above-listed numbers are part of a Hawaiian or South Pacific medley/sketch, and their only musical accompaniment is Alec Templeton's piano. All those medley numbers are Crosby-Lee duets, except for "Bali Hai'," which is a Peggy Lee solo. Lee had sung "Bali Ha'i" during her previous appearance in the show (April 27, 1949), too. .


Arrangers

1. John Scott Trotter
Bing Crosby credits John Scott Trotter t with this episode's arrangement of "How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies." The show's bandleader was actually in charge of all the arrangements (except for special material such as the parodic medleys brought to the show by guests such as Alec Templeton, Johnny Mercer). However, Trotter is known to have farmed out his arrangements sometimes -- as was the case with many an overworked bandleader/arranger.


Songs And Songwriters

1. "Far Away Places"
This duet number, sung in something of a mock-operetta, mock-vaudeville style, includes spoken exhortations ("bravissimo, Peggy, bravissimo Peggy, hi, hi!"") from Alec Templeton, who is still playing the classical, Verdi-like composer role that he had assumed in the previous episode.

3. "You Ought To Get A Portable Philco"
The humorous lyrics of this parodic Philco commercial were presumably written by Alec Templeton. "You Ought To Get A Portable Philco" parodies a couple of Cole 'Portable' songs ("Night And Day," "I've Got You Under My Skin"). As part of the parodies, the melody of a popular rhythmic tune of the time is used as well. (The title of the tune in question is currently escaping me. It is not a Porter number.) The jesting lyrics include the line "you can get Philco and Peggy wherever you go," sung by Templeton himself.

I should further clarify that the title "You Ought To Get A Portable Philco" is entirely my invention (though based on my listening of the lyrics, of course). The data at hand gives it no title other than the generic "Philco Commercial."


Venue And Patter

1. San Francisco
The dialogue between Bing Crosby and Ken Kennedy clarifies that Crosby is in San Francisco for the ongoing filming of his movie Riding High. One of the script's jokes pertains to the royal treatment that is being bestowed on Broadway Bill, a horse that plays a prominent role in the film. The pampering supposedly includes a suite at the Palace Hotel, where he is the most popular guest among bellboys because "they can pick up suitcases and they can ride him up to his room." Peggy Lee shows up immediately after Crosby delivers that joke.

Bing: Oh, hello, Peg.
Peggy: Hi, Bing.
Bing: Oh, ladies and gentlemen, Miss Peggy Lee just dropped in ...!
[Audience applause.]
Bing: All dressed up and -- baby blue on tonight.
Peggy;\: Yeees.
Bing: Peggy, are you having a good time in San Francisco?
Peggy: Oh yes, but the strangest thing happened to me when I checked in the Palace.
Bing: What happened?
Peggy: Well, the bellboy picked up my suitcases and rode me piggyback up to my room!
[Audience laughter.]
Bing: Oh, noo. Well, I'll be darn. Now, Peggy, enough of this horse talk. How about you and me whining a song?

2. Preamble To The Trip To Hawaii Medley
The episode's script assigns a few other jokes to Lee, and even has her asking if she could learn to play the hula.
Alec: Well, Bing, why don't we take a little trip to Hawaii right now?
Bing: Okay, I'm sure ready and willing. Peg, would you like to sail to the islands with us?
Peggy: Oh, gosh, Bing, you think I could ever learn the hula?
Bing: Certainly. You've got the equipment. All you have to do is alert it.
Peggy: Well then, shall we be off?
Narration from Crosby, to the effect that they have just arrived in Honolulu, ensues. The sketch quickly devolves into a medley of Hawaiian-associated numbers.

3. Postlude To "Bali Ha'i"
After Crosby and Lee's rendition of "Blue Hawaii," and while the audience is strongly applauding, the man speaks.
Bing: Thank you, Peg. Thank you, Peg. And thank you, Alec.
Alec: Well, while we're here in the Pacific, Bing, maybe we could go a little farther south.
Bing: Well, why, I think we should. Say, we think we could go as far as Bali Ha'i?
Alec: Exactly.
Bing: From Tales Of The South Pacific. Peg does it real good, too. You got a record on this, Peg?
Peggy: Yes, I do.
Bing: Well, fine, transport us to the south past.
After Peggy Lee finishes singing Bali Ha'i, and while the audience applauds, Bing says: "Oh, Peggy. That was great, Peggy. Wonderful. Six ushers just left to join the navy."



The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield

After spending three seasons under contract with ABC's Philco Radio Time, Bing Crosby proceeded to sign another three-year contract as the host of CBS' The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield. Apparently at Crosby's request, the Wednesday schedule from his Philco Radio Time period was kept through the entire run of the Chesterfield series, though a slight change was made to the starting time -- 9:30 instead of 9:00. The slot was suitably sandwiched between the CBS shows of Groucho Marx and Burns & Allen. The first episode was broadcast on September 21, 1949, the 39th and last on June 25, 1952. Ken Carpenter and John Scott Trotter remained firmly in place for the duration of the series.

Peggy Lee's involvement with this newly sponsored edition of the show was coily announced in the October 1948 issue of Capitol News: "Although Judy Garland and Abe Burrows bobbed up as Bing Crosby's first guests on Bing's new coffin-nail program when it premiered Sept. 21 over CBS, Peg Lee has been secretly signed to do 13 guest appearances with the Croz during the coming months." The announcement errs in one point: Lee was present, along with Burrows, as guests for the September 21 episode. Variety also identified Garland as the guest for the opening episode. Garland thus seems to have been originally scheduled to appear. She might have had to cancel, and Lee would have come to the rescue.

The Chesterfield series had no regular or semi-regular girl singer. Lee is the only person who comes remotely close to the denomination. In addition to making more appearances than any other female guest, the songstress was also present for both the opening and the closure of the series. She appeared in the first two episodes (September 21 & 28, 1949) and also in the last two (June 18 & 25, 1952). In a an article published on September 13, 1949, Variety reported that Lee would be paid $1,750 per episode.

Peggy Lee indeed performed in 13 episodes of this entire series. That total ties her with Bob Hope in the category of most guest appearances on the Chesterfied incarnation of Crosby's show. Close on their heels is Judy Garland, who made 12 appearances. (However, Variety had reported that both Garland and Lee were scheduled to make 13 appearances. Variety had also reported that Garland was scheduled to appear on the debut episode; she did not.) After Hope, Lee, and Garland, the largest number of guest entries were made by Louis Armstrong, Gary Crosby, Linday Crosby, and Al Jolson, with either 6 or 7 visits in each case.

All of the above having been said, I should also acknowledge that the majority of Lee's visits to Crosby's Chesterfield show were circumscribed to the series' first season (1949-1950). It may be asked why, in comparison to the Philco years, Lee appeared in far less episodes during this Chesterfield period. At issue was, most probably, Lee's busy schedule during the early 1950s, when she was hosting not only her own radio show but also various TV shows. Television required her to stay in New York, and thus away from the California-based Crosby show.


Date: September 21, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 09/18/49)
Location: CBS Playhouse, 1615 North Vine, Hollywood, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Warren Baker, Morris Bercov, Dent Eckles, Julian "Matty" Matlock, Lawrence "Larry" Wright (r), Robert "Bobby" Guy, George Seaberg (t), Walter Benson, Wendell "Gus" Mayhew, William "Bill" Schaefer (tb), Loring "Red" Nichols (c), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Phil Stephens (sb), Edwin "Buddy" Cole (p), Milton De Lugg (pac), Nick Fatool (d), Harry Bluestone aka Blostein, Jacques Gasselin, Murray Kellner, Mayer Oberman, Raoul Poliakin, Mischa Russell (vn), Samuel "Sam" Freed, Jr (vl), Cy Bernard (vc), Abe Burrows, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

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b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) We Love The Canadian Rockies(Abe Burrows)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Maybe It's Because (I Love You Too Much)(Irving Berlin)
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The Show: Chesterfield Pitch

This season opener marks the start of Bing Crosby's partnership with a new sponsor: Chesterfield, under whom Peggy Lee herself had been contracted for a while. As part of the episode's promotional pitch of the product, we hear Crosby declare that "It's my cigarette; I know that," and we also hear Lee affirm that "Chesterfield is my cigarette, too." Furthermore, announcer Ken Carpenter introduces Crosby as "the Chesterfield Boy."


Dating

As indicated above, the season's opening show was taped on Sunday, September 18, 1949. This date is extant in the extant documentation from Crosby's archives. Additional corroboration comes from an article on the September 13, 1949 issue of Variety, on which we are told that the show was scheduled to be taped on the upcoming "Sunday afternoon."


Personnel

1. Guests
Billed as the episode's two guests are Abe Burrows and Peggy Lee (announced in that order; compare to next episode). The aforementioned article from the September 13, 1949 issue of Variety states that Judy Garland was scheduled to be the guest. If the periodical's information was not erroneous (as it could well have been), then perhaps Garland had to cancel, and Lee was promptly asked if she could fill in (as part of her contractual agreement to appear on 13 episodes this season). Variety also reported that, at press time, Garland's manager was trying to work out a deal with Metro Goldwyn Mayer, to allow her to make for 13 appearances on Crosby's show. (Garland would end up making twelve; Lee would make thirteen.)

2. Solos And Duets
"Maybe It's Because" is rendered as a duet sung by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee. The other two above-listed numbers are part of a musical parody created by guest Abe Burrows. One of them, "Louisa From Lake Louise," is a Lee solo. The other, "We Love The Canadian Rockies" is a trio with Burrows and Crosby.

3. Mliton DeLugg
During the show, Bing Crosby acknowdges the playing of accordion by Milton DeLugg (see below, under Patter).


Patter

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee
Bing: Now, ladies and gentlemen, charm, loveliness and talent makes the scene here in the person of one of our really great singers, the pretty, popular and pleasing Peggy Lee.
Peggy: Hi, Bing.
[Audience applause.]
Bing: Glad you are here, Peg. You know Abe Burrows there.
Peggy: Oh, sure; hello, Abe.
QAbe: Peggy, doll, Peggy!!! It's so good to see you, mmm!! You look wonderful! I'm so glad you're here.
Abe (in an aside to Bing): Hey, Bing, what do we need her for?
Bing: Clearly, Abe, we need her because there's nothing like a dame.
Abe: Well, that makes sense, and I'm glad to see Peggy. I really am.
Peggy: That's what I like about you, Abe. Even when you are two-faced, you show both of them.
Abe: Ain't it awful -- and I hardly have hair enough for one.
Abe: You know, Peggy, it's wonderful to have you here, really, because Mr. Crosby, over here, has commissioned me to write an operetta, and I've written you in as the leading lady.
Bing: Yeah, Peg, I've spent a lot of time up around Jasper Park in Lake Louise, and I was always so impressed with the beauty and grandeur there that I felt Abe should prepare a musical salute to the Canadian Rockies. Milton DeLugg is ready with his accordion, I see. Will you set the scene, Mr. B?
Abe: Right, Mr. C. ......

2. The Canadian Rockies Sketch
3. Preamble To "Louisa From Lake Louise"
Abe: I got here an operetta about Jasper National Park. In this story, Bing Crosby plays a ranger, Peggy Lee plays the mountain heroine, and John Scott Trotter plays the mountain. I play the part of Pierre, a native guy. I'm a half Indian.
The operetta kicks into gear with a few scenes involving just Bing and Pierre. Eventually, the female heroine comes into play.
Abe: ... And they come to the shores of Lake Louise. And there in the clear they see a beautiful girl. She's lovely but wild. A child of nature. Upon seeing the men she's frightened and scurries down a gopher hole. Then as she shyly peeks out of the hole, the ranger approaches and speaks to her.
Bing: Pardon me, miss. I'm Captain Crosby of the Rangers. You are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen in a gopher hole. Do not be frightened of the woods__, lady; come out. Come, come, come now.
Peggy: You come in here, baby. It's cold outside!
Bing: How wonderful to see such pure, unspoiled loveliness. I'd love to hold you in my arms but, how will I ever even get you out of that gopher hole?
Peggy: It's a cinch. Your brother Everett gave me a grease job.
Bing: Ooh my. You know we'll hear from Mobile Lube or somebody. Tell me, dear, what is your name?
Peggy: Well, I'll tell you.
Bing: I'm listening.
Peggy Lee then launches into her rendition of Louisa From Lake Louise. The banter continues right afterwards.
Bing: Oh, Louisa, you are so lovely.
Peggy: You are pretty cute yourself. I've never met a stranger before.
Abe then sings, in operetta style, the words "some enchanted evening you will meet a ranger."
Due to some foot tracks, it is soon suspected that the mountain girl is not truly Louisa from Lake Louise but notorious mink snatcher Dorothy Collinsky Kate -- a fugitive fur poacher whom ranger Crosby is in charge of arresting. Fortunately, Piers, the half Indian guide clarifies the matter, letting the ranger now that the mountain gal really is Louisa, after all. Thus Bing decides to marry Louisa. For the story's so-called rousing finale, the entire cast sings "We Love The Canadian Rockies."

4. Preamble To "Maybe It's Because"
Bing: The Mssrs. Scott and Ruby have written a tune which I'm sure is destined to be one of the first big boxos of the season. Louis Armstrong has made a great record of it. So did my brother Bob and Marion Morgan. Here's Peggy Lee.


Date: September 28, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 09/24/49)
Location: CBS Playhouse, 1615 North Vine, Hollywood, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Milton De Lugg (pac), Abe Burrows, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Ophelia's Blues (I'm Sweet, Shy Ophelia) - 1:09(Abe Burrows)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Everything Is OK In Denmark(Abe Burrows)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) You Are In Love With Someone(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 2 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1949)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 1770 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Photo



Picture of Bing Crosby, published in September 1949.


Personnel

1. Guests
Billed as the episode's two guests are "Miss Peggy Lee and Mr. Abe Burrows" -- in that order, which reverses the billing order from the previous episode, in which both guests also appeared. For more reversals, compare the two episodes' introductions of Peggy Lee, transcribed in this page under each session's Patter.

2. Solos and Duets
All above-listed performances are part of the episode's parodic sketch, written by guest Abe Burrows. "Ophelia's Blues" is a Peggy Lee solo, "You Are In Love With Someone" a duet with Bing Crosby, and "Everything Is O.K. In Denmark" a trio with Burrows.


Patter

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee
Abe: Of course, for tonight I have a great operetta.
Bing: Oh, yeah. But first, Abe, I must introduce our leading lady. She's gliding by right here. Ladies and gentlemen, in order to upset Burrows in more ways than one, here's the lovely, talented, delightful, personable North Dakota nightingale Miss Peggy Lee.
Peggy: Hi, Bing. Hello, Abe.
Peggy: Hi, Peggy.
Abe: Hi here, Peggy. Gee, I'm glad to see ya. You know we are going to do another one of my operettas tonight?
Peggy: Oh, wonderful, Abe! I love to sing those songs of yours! I wouldn't miss it for the world!
Peggy [in an side to Bing]: Hey, Bing, I thought this character went back to New York.
Bing: Heads out tomorrow, I think.
Abe: Don't be too sure. I may get a picture! ....

2. Sketch: Hamlet, The Gay Musical
Bing: Folks, some time ago I tuned into a delightful evening program entitled Breakfast With Burrows and I heard an exciting musical comedy version of Shakespeare's Hamlet. I thought it might make a good musical for Paramount so I've asked Abe to rewrite to toot Peggy and myself and we are going to try it out tonight. Abe, take over, eh?
Hamlet is played by Bing Crosby, Ophelia by Peggy Lee, and Hamlet's friend Horatio by Abe. After Burrows sets the scene, and after some banter between the Burrows and Crosby characters, a musical number is sung by Crosby, Burrows, and The Rhyhmaires. Next, there is more banter and dialogue between the two male characters. Eventually, Ophelia is mentioned.
Bing: Wouldst I once again had the comforts of the arms of Ophelia, the sky-sweet Ophelia whose love I once possessed before I went to seek else's wares.
Abe: Hamlet, sweet prince, mon captain. She who approaches over yonder, down there."
Bing: Down there?
Abe: It is she -- Ophelia.
Bing: Aye, t'ist she indeed. She does not see us. (Calls her) Ophelia!! Ophelia! I am here!"
Peggy: Where are you!?
Bing: Here, in these tights, here!
Peggy: Ham.
Bing: Oh. Ah, beloved Ophelia, 'Tist sweet to hold you close again. Sing me the song you sang me when first we met.
Peggy: Stand by, ?bup.
Peggy Lee then sings "I'm Sweet Shy Ophelia."
Abe: Immediately after this song, Ophelia plunges into the lake to drown herself. And here we do a big underwater production number ... At the end of the number, Hamlet dives in and pulls Ophelia out of the water. As he drags her into the shore, he says ...
Bing: Sweet Ophelia. Are you alright?
Ophelia: Oh, Hamlet, you foolish boy. Don't you know I only went to South America with that poker player to make you jealous?
Abe: I know our dialogue doesn't make sense. No, no, it's alright; we had to make a big cut in the middle for a production number.
Bing: That was from left field!
Thus, in Burrows' version of Hamlet, Ophelia does not drown. She is one of the voices heard in the happy-go-lucky closing number "Everything Is OK In Denmark," whose last lines are partially molded after the hit tune "Ghost Riders In The Sky."

3. Prelude To "You Are In Love With Someone"
Bing: Peggy Lee and I are going to try to develop a little blend here, on the palette from Top O' The Morning.


Date: October 12, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 09/19/49)
Location: CBS Playhouse, 1615 North Vine, Hollywood, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Loring "Red" Nichols (c), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Edwin "Buddy" Cole (p), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies(Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 4 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1949)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) A Wonderful Guy - 1:43(Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 4 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1949)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) [Musical Commercial] Chesterfield Satisfies(Composer Unknown)
unissued
d. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) I've Got A Crush On You - 1:57(Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 4 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1949)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
e. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Again(Dorcas Cochran, Lionel Newman)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 4 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1949)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)

The Show

This show is inordinately music-packed, with only brief talk and no audible audience except at the very end. At the start, rather than having his usual long banter with Ken Carpenter, Bing exchanges just a couple of lines with him, and summons Peggy Lee right away. He then announces the tune "How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies," and gets right down to sing it with her.

The same patter applies to the episode's other songs; at most, Crosby offers one basic detail about them -- most frequently, the names of the songwriters, or the Broadway show source. For instance: "No such Sängerfest as this would be complete without a little Gershwin. And ... that's what we have; it's a little Gerswhin, I've Got A Crush On You. Peg, could you, uh, start it for us?"

There are two promotional Chesterfield commercials, involving Carpenter and Crosby, but little in the way of banter is heard throughout. Lee's involvement is limited to singing and to a few quick words, including an invitation for Crosby to do a song from the musical/movie South Pacific that he had performed in the show before ("A Cock-eyed Optimist").


Personnel

1. Guest
The episode's only guest is, as Ken Carpenter bills her, "Miss Peggy Lee."

2. Solos and Duets
"A Wonderful Guy" is a Peggy Lee solo vocal. All other numbers are duets with Crosby. In this episode, "How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies" was being performed for a third time; the second performance (also a Crosby-Lee duet) had been broadcast on May 11, 1949, and the first (a Crosby solo) on April 27, 1949. Another repeat number was the duet "I've Got A Crush On You," previously performed on a February 11, 1948 broadcast and to be performed by Lee for a third time -- though as a solo -- in a future broadcast (November 15, 1953).

3. Rhythm Section
Bing Crosby identifies Red Nichols, Buddy Cole, and Perry Botkin Sr. as the players in one of his solo renditions. Since all three men were regular members of the show, their participation in the other selections can be tentatively assumed. This assumption is shaky, however, in the case of Red Nichols; his cornet (or, according to Crosby, "his torrid trumpet") is clearly present in the Crosby solo but not easily audible in the other selections.

Songs

1. "Chesterfield Satisfies"
I have given the title "Chesterfield Satisfies" to one of this episode's commercials. That title is entirely my own invention (though based on my listening of the lyrics, of course). The sources at hand show no particular title for it, other than the generic "Chesterfield Jingle."


Date: October 19, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: San Francisco, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) It's More Fun Than A Picnic(Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues(Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 5 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1949)

Photo



Peggy Lee picture, dated October 5, 1949.


Personnel

1. Guests
Peggy Lee and Frank Fay are billed as the episode's guests.

2. Solos And Duets
"I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues" is a Peggy Lee solo, "It's More fun Than A Picnic" a Crosby-Lee medley.


Patter

1. Introduction of Peggy Lee And Banter
Bing (after his customary conversation with Ken): But enough of our personal peccadilloes. Matters of national importance engage our attention this evening. For instance, at the moment, Peggy Lee moves in.
Peggy: Hi, Bing.
Bing: Peggy, isn't it nice staying in San Francisco again?
Peggy: Aah, it sure is -- a great town; love it. You know, Bing ...
Bing: Hmm?
Peggy: I had the same room at the St. Francis Hotel that I had way back last winter.
Bing: The same room -- in a big, big hotel like that -- you had months and months ago. How could a thing like that happen?
Peggy: I forgot to check out.
Bing: Oooh baby, you are gonna have a hotel bill that will be a ?piff.
Peggy: Yeah, I bet it cost me a lot of cabbage.
Bing: Well, if the St. Francis will take lettuce, I might be able to help you! [The lettuce comment is a reference to remarks made earlier, during Crosby's banter with Ken Carpenter.] Peg, what do you say we hear a little music?
Peggy: Okay.


Songs

1. "It's More Fun Than A Picnic"
Bing Crosby identifies this song as originating in Mike Todd's then-new Broadway show As The Girls Go.

2. "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues"
Before Peggy Lee starts singing this number, Bing Crosby declares that "when Peggy Lee sings the blues, [??hundreds ?and ?such ?matters] rise and face New Orleans reverently." Her solo rendition of this tune is met with enthusiastic applause and with more appreciative words from Crosby. After she finishes and as the audience applauds, he adds: "Oh my, that was real rad. Thank you, Peggy; that was wonderful." In years to come, the Harold Arlen classic would be often reprised by Lee in concerts, on television, and on radio transcriptions.


Date: November 23, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 11/17/49)
Location: CBS Playhouse, 1615 North Vine, Hollywood, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Cy Bernard (str, vn), Harry Bluestone aka Blostein, Raoul Poliakin, Joe Venuti (vn), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) A Thousand Violins(Raymond B. "Ray" Evans, Jay Livingston)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) 'Way Back Home - 3:29(Al Lewis, Tom L "Ted" Waring)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionP 2629 - P 2630 — Basic Music Library [7 Bing Crosby vocals, 2 of them with Peggy Lee]   (1952)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 10 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1949)
Biac Collectors' Label LP(Belgium) Brad 10 530-531 — At Their Rarest Of All Rare Performances {Al Jolson, Peggy Lee}    (1976)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 1772 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Photo



Peggy Lee with violinist Joe Venuti. The cropped version of the photo was published in February of 1949, but the shot itself is likelier to have been taken some time between 1945 and 1947. (My educated guess leans toward 1947.)


Personnel

1. Guests
Frank Fay is billed as the episode's guest. Peggy Lee is mentioned last among cast members: "The Bing Crosby Show produced and transcribed in Hollywood, with John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra, Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires, Peggy Lee, and Bing's guest Frank Fay."

2. Solos an Duets
Peggy Lee sang no solos during this broadcast. Both of the above-listed performances are Lee-Crosby duets.

3. Strings
Before the episode's performance of "A Thousand Violins," Bing Crosby jokingly claims that he has engaged the services of one thousand violinists. The violinists are then heard marching in, as if they were soldiers called for duty. Crosby proceeds to call the violinists by name: Joe Venuti, Harry Bluestone, Cy Bernard, Richard Rezzo, Raoul Poliakin, Rocoonins Putnam, ?Gosha ?Hishem. (Peggy Lee interrupts at that point, and no other names are mentioned.) The last two violinist names seem to be made-up ones, meant to elicit laughs, but the earlier names belong to actual musicians, and have thus been tentatively included in this session's personnel.


Patter

1. Introduction To "A Thousand Violins"
Bing: Mr. Toby ?Garin, Paramount Studios' roving ambassador of song, is currently plugging a tune called A Thousand Violins. He's threatened to let air out of my tires if I don't sing it. Well, we scheduled a thousand violins for the night and in line with our policy to make everything authentic on The Chesterfield Show, we have engaged the services of one thousand violinists. [Audience laughter.] Why do you laugh?
Soon afterwards, Bing starts to call out violinists' name (as explained above, under Personnel, point #3). Eventually, Peggy Lee interrupts.
Peggy: Are you kidding?!?
Bing: Why, Peggy. Peggy Lee, folks! [Audience applause.] What on earth are you doing there with all those violinists?
Peggy: Well, I was just walking down the hall and I guess they decided to string along.
Bing: Oh, there's ... Oooh, girl.
[Some audience members laugh.]
Bing: Never saw you with so many beaus. Ahem.
[Some audience members laugh again.]
Bing: You see what happened, Peggy. I was just about to sing A Thousand Violins from Bob Hope's next picture The Great Lover.
Peggy: Oh, The Great Lover.
Bing: Um-hmm.
Peggy: That must be a comedy.
Bing: With a title like that, what do you think?
[Audience laughter.]
Bing: But this song from the picture is really a nice song. Do you want to join me?
Peggy: I'd love to.
Bing: Here we go. A Thousand Violins. John Scott, let the rousing Ferly fly.

2. Preamble To " 'Way Back Home"
Bing: With Thanksgiving coming on and all, Peggy and I thought Way Back Home would be an appropriate selection.


Date: December 7, 1949 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 12/03/49)
Location: CBS Playhouse, 1615 North Vine, Hollywood, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Here Comes Santa Claus - 3:03(Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman)
Varèse Sarabande Licensed CD302 066 848 2 — [Bing Crosby] A Crosby Christmas; Songs From His Classic Radio Broadcasts    (2007)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCcm 2161 — [Bing Crosby] The Crosby Christmas Sessions    (2010)
Sonoma Entertainment Licensed CDSbx2 0385 — [Bing Crosby] Christmas   (2011)
Somerset Group Entertainment Licensed CD(Canada) 55580 — [Bing Crosby] Christmas Favorites   (2011)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Mañana [Christmas Version] - 2:23(Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Stay Well - 3:21(Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 12 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1949)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 1057 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Photo



Peggy Lee picture, bearing the date June 12, 1949.


Personnel

1.Guests
Ken Carpenter bills the episode's guests as "Miss Peggy Lee and Hopalong Cassidy."

2. Solos an Duets
Peggy Lee did no solo vocals during this broadcast. All three above-listed performances are duets with Crosby.


Songs

1. "Mañana"
This version of "Mañana" sets the original music to new lyrics, also penned by Peggy Lee. Once again, the lyrics are mainly about procrastination. This time, Christmas shopping is the task that is subjected to delays.

2. "Stay Well"
Before this duet performance, Bing Crosby makes the point of identifying "Stay Well" as "a new song from a new Broadway show ... Lost In The Stars ..."


Patter

1. Banter
When Ken Carpenter informs Peggy Lee that Hopalong Cassidy is guesting, she exclaims, "well, I thought so; look out there in the audience!" Mooing cows are immediately heard. For his part, Bing Crosby has taken on a cowboy attitude, due only in part to Hopalong Cassidy's presence. According to Peggy Lee, Crosby has actually been acting strangely ever since he recorded "Mule Train." She is then heard squealing; Crosby has supposedly whipped her with his flip, apparently taking her for a mule. [This is an instance of one of the occasionally chauvinistic jokes from this show's scripts.] Bing Crosby next says, though, "Pardon me, Peggy, my flip whipped ... I mean, my whip flipped!"

2. Western Film With Cassidy, Crosby, And Lee
During his scripted chatter with Cassidy, the host makes allusion to a "rumor going around in Paramount that the two of us are doing a western." The so-called rumor seems to have been more than a script's conceit to set up the ensuing sketch: according to reports from contemporary movie magazines, Crosby and Cassidy were truly slated to do such Western, with Peggy Lee as the leading lady. (Lee's involvement is not mentioned at all during the episode, but it receives mention elsewhere. See photo below. Perhaps mention of her involvement was not deemed necessary, or perhaps she was not officially enrolled yet. In any case, this movie project did not come to fruition.)

3. Sketch: The Ripsnortin,’ Arizona Saga
In the episode's sketch, new-in-town Hopalong Cassidy and villainous "Wildcat" Crosby play rivals. Peggy Lee is briefly heard as a reproving lady from whom Hoppy has been taking dancing lessons, and to whom he had refused to supply with payment. (This bit with Lee goes nowhere. It just gives her an opportunity to be part of the sketch, and to act out the role -- adopting a voice and attitude suitable to the character.)

4. Closing Remarks
Bing: Thank you, Peggy. My profound thanks to Peggy Lee and Hopalong Cassidy for joining us for this night.
Peggy: Thanks, Bing.
After Hopalong Cassidy expresses his enjoyment of his visit as a guest, and after Peggy Lee asks Bing Crosby who will be his guests on the following week, the goodbyes continue:
Bing: Good night, Peg.
Peggy: Good night, Bing.
Bing: Good night, Hopalong.
Hopalong: Good night, Creepalong. See you at Paramount.


Date: January 11, 1950 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: CBS Playhouse, 1615 North Vine, Hollywood, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra, Other Individuals Unknown (acc), Warren Baker, Julian "Matty" Matlock, Lawrence "Larry" Wright (r), Loring "Red" Nichols (cl), Robert "Bobby" Guy (t), Wendell "Gus" Mayhew (tb), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Mel Henke (p), Nick Fatool (d), Mayer Oberman, Raoul Poliakin (vn), Cy Bernard (vc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Little Jack Frost, Get Lost(Seger Ellis, Al Stillman)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionP 2629 - P 2630 — Basic Music Library [7 Bing Crosby vocals, 2 of them with Peggy Lee]   (1952)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) When You Speak With Your Eyes - 2:18(Peggy Lee, Dave Barbour, Rene Touzet)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 17 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1950)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 1774 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Masters And Issues

1. "Little Jack Frost, Get Lost"
Crosby and company took a test pressing of this duet performance to Decca Records, where it was mastered and subsequently released commercially, as a Decca 78/45 rpm single. The company's log sheets list the performance under its presumed mastering date, November 17, 1952. In this discography, the two versions (i.e., the performance as it was broadcast and the performance after it was mastered) are treated as two separate (although obviously closely related) entities.


Personnel

1. Guests
Peggy Lee and Groucho Marx are this episode's guests.

2. Solos And Duets
"Little Jack Frost, Get Lost" is a Crosby-Lee duet. (Crosby had also sung it solo twice, for the January 19 and February 2, 1949 episodes of his previous series, Philco Radio Time.) "When You Speak With Your Eyes" is a Peggy Lee solo.

3. Tentative Full Personnel
For most episodes of The Bing Crosby For Chesterfield, including this one, personnel details are unknown to me. Al Jolson's presence as a guest is the main factor that accounts for the availability of full personnel in a few cases. Personnel details for such Jolson episodes can be found in The Red Nichols Story: After Intermission, 1942-1965, written by Philip R. Evans, Stanley Hester, Stephen Hester, and Linda Evans. (The authors' own source probably was an Al Jolson discography. Personnel for episodes with Louis Armstrong as guest are also more easily available.) Although Peggy Lee did not appear in any Crosby show episodes featuring Jolson, we can surmise that the personnel for contemporaneous broadcasts by Jolson and Lee was somewhat similar. Here is the personnel listed by Evans et al for the show's January 4, 1950 episode:

Warren Baker, Den Eckles, Matty Matlock, Abe Most, Larry Wright (r)
Robert Guy, George Seaberg (t)
Joe Howard, Wendell "Gus" Mayhew, William Schaefer (tb)
Loring "Red" Nichols (cl)
Perry Botkin (g)
Mel Henke (p)
Phil Stephens (sb)
Nick Fatool (d)
George Kast, Tony Loscalzo, Mayer Oberman, Nick Pisani, Raoul Poliakin, Mischa Russell (vn)
Sam Freed (vl)
Cy Bernard (vc)
William "Billy" May (arr)

4. Decca's Five-Episode Personnel
"Little Jack Frost, Get Lost" is one of five Crosby radio performances that were remastered and commercially released by Decca, the record label to which the crooner was signed. The five performances come from different episodes, some of them years apart. Despite the temporal gap, those five radio performances are listed together in Decca's files, probably because they were mastered (or chosen for mastering) on the same day. Accordingly, Decca's log sheets list the personnel from the five episodes collectively, as one big lump, without any clarification as to who played on which episode. The unseemly results include, for instance, the listing of three pianists.

I have not entered that variegated 5-episode personnel herein. However, I have checked it against the personnel described in point #3 above. The following musicians are listed in both sources:

Warren Baker, Matty Matlock, Larry Wright (r)
Robert Guy (t)
Wendell "Gus" Mayhew (tb)
Loring "Red" Nichols (cl)
Perry Botkin (g)
Mel Henke (p)
Nick Fatool (d)
Mayer Oberman, Raoul Poliakin (vl)
Cy Bernard (vc)
[bass, violas: no names shared by the two sources]


5. Reconstruction Of A Partial Personnel
After comparing the personnel listings from the two above-described sources, I have decided to enter in this session those names that were common to both sources. The entered personnel should of course be deemed tentative and partial.


Patter

1. Preamble To "Little Jack Frost Get Lost"
Bing: Well, here's Peggy! Peggy Lee, folks.
[Audience applause.]
Peggy: Hi Bing, Ken.
Bing: Peggy, if you are ready, I think we should get on with the opeing selection, a little song called Little Jack Frost Get Lost. The tune seems to be enjoying something of a revival this season. John Scott, boys and girls, let's frost up the place here.

2. Preamble To "When You Speak With Your Eyes"
Bing: Peggy Lee and I return to sing a new song called When You Speak With Your Eyes. Peggy has fashioned some very nice lyrics to go with the ____'s popular Latin melody. In fact, Peggy has a new record out on this, right, Peggy?
Peggy: Yes, that's right.

3. Banter With Groucho Marx
Guest Groucho Marx has co-written a song called "The Look In Your Eyes," which Bing was supposed to have sung, but hasn't yet. (The co-writers are said to be Harry Ruby and, more to the point, Grouch Marx's own wife.) Since Crosby has not sung the number, Marx's disappointed wife has thrown him and his chihuahua out of the house.
Bing: I'm going to help you with the song. I'll get Peggy Lee to do it. Oh, Peggy!
Peggy: Yes, Bing. Oh, hi, Groucho.
Groucho: Hi.
Peggy: What are you doing here?
Groucho: If you paid attention, you wouldn't have asked that silly question. [Laughter from Peggy and the audience.] What am I doing here? We've been standing in the dry sun since 1:00 o'clock. Come to think of it, what am I doing here?? [ ... ]
Bing: Peggy, Groucho's got a very big problem. He's living in his garage and it's very dry.
Groucho: Garage, eh? [apparently finding Bing's first-syllable accentuation of the word unusual and pretentious] Is that from Gonzaga?
Peggy: Oooh. Well, maybe I could go in and hand curtains for him in the garage.
Groucho: Peggy, if my wife catches you in the garage, it will be curtains for me. But if you are coming by there, bring some chilli. My chihuahua needs refueling.
Peggy: Oh, you got one of those old-fashioned chihuahuas you have to feed with chilli?
Groucho: Yeah. (Groucho aside: Nice line. That's the one line I put in. Tell 'em I fixed up the script.)
[Audience laughter.]
Peggy: Why don't you get the new type, ah?
Groucho: (in an aside to Peggy) Take it from chihuahua.
[Audience laughs even louder. Bing says something in the background, causing even more laughter.]
Peggy: Why don't you get the new type? You just plug them in, like electric blankets.
Groucho; Well, I got one of those electric blankets. I plug it in the wall and in a minute the whole wall is as warm as toast.
Bing: Great to sleep in the wall.
Groucho: It's better than coffee. But Crosby, I can't use this girl -- for the song, that is.
Peggy: What song?
[Audience laughter.]
Groucho: Forget the song. I've got bigger plans for you.
[Audience laughter.]
Grouch: I'm gonna hose you up until next summer. I'm gonna rub grease on you and have you swim the English Channel.
Peggy: But, but Groucho I'm not gonna swim the saw -- swim the ... ha, ha!! [Peggy and the audience laugh at her faux pas. She also utters exclamatory interjection -- aiii yooo.]
Groucho: Go back to chihuahua.
[More audience laughter.]
Groucho; I'm gonna rub grease on you and have you swim the English Channel.
Peggy: But, Groucho I'm not gonna swim the channel. I can't swim!
Groucho: You mean the grease job is out, too?
Bing: You are making a mistake, Groucho. You oughtta let Peggy sing the song.
Peggy: Bing, why don't you sing? I'd like to hear it myself.
Groucho: Go ahead, Bing. Sing it.
Bing: Well, maybe I'll give it an once over lightly. If your wife, huh ... Has she got an arrangement?
Groucho: Yeah, she's in the house and I'm still living in the garage.
Bing: I must say it's not a very good arrangement.
After a few additional lines of banter, Crosby sings the number.


Date: January 25, 1950 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 1/18/50)
Location: Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Perry Botkin, Sr. (g), Edwin "Buddy" Cole (p), Nick Fatool (d), Joe Venuti (vn), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Sunshine Cake - 3:28(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) I'm Comin', Virginia - 2:02(Will Marion Cook, Donald Heywood)
Jazz Unlimited Collectors' Label CD(Denmark) Jucd 2034 — [Bing Crosby] Having Fun; Bing & Louis   (1997)
Storyville Collectors' Label CD(Denmark) 1038405 — [Bing Crosby] Bing & Louis; Having Fun    (2007)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 19 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1950)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)

Location (And (Photos)

According to the January 11, 1950 issue of the magazine Variety, Bing Crosby had been "taping six shows in San Francisco, so that he can rest up between pictures, at his Monterey home” ... We know the location of some of Crosby's San Francisco shows because announcer Ken Carpenter made a point of stating the name of those special locales (The Marines Memorial Theater, The Civic Auditorium). In other episodes, such as this one, Carpenter only states that San Francisco is where the taping is taking place. In such cases, the exact location is not known to us, but chances are that it was a studio at a radio station. The greatest suspect by far is NBC Radio City (first photo below), at the corner of O'Farrell and Taylor Streets. According to Fred Krock in his excellent writeup about this building, NBC Red continued to share the facilities with NBC Blue after the latter split from the former, becoming ABC. The building consisted of 4 floors (plus its basement), and it boasted a total of 10 studios, all of them in the second floor. Krock explains that Studio A (second photo below) had been "designed for programs which were performed in front of a studio audience." Studios C and B were half as large, but would have also proven suitable for a radio show with a small audience sitting in.




Personnel

1. Guests
Ken Carpenter announces the episode's guests as "Peggy Lee, Joe Venuti, Jack Teagarden, and Louis Armstrong." Lee does interact with Venuti (as detailed below) but not with Armstrong or Teagarden. (Furthermore, Teagarden does not exchange words with Crosby, despite being featured in his own solo. Armstrong does interact with Crosby -- at length.)

2. Solos And Duets
"I'm Comin', Virginia" is a Peggy Lee solo. "Sunshine Cake" is a Crosby-Lee duet. The pair would reprise "Sunshine Cake" during Lee's next guest appearance (February 8, 1950).


Patter

1. Banter
During their customary chat at the start of the show, Bing Crosby and Ken Carpenter remark about a trait that Crosby and some of the episode's guests share: they are former members of Paul Whiteman's orchestra. This episode is a Paul Whiteman alumni mini-reunion, they conclude.
Bing: Well, here's Peggy Lee! Hi ya, Peg.
Peggy: Hi, boys.
[Strong audience applause.]
Bing: Hey, Peggy. Are you a Paul Whiteman graduate, too?
Peggy: Well, no, I'm from the Benny Goodman school of hard knocks.
Bing: Hey, here comes the indigestion king, Joe Venuti.
[Crosby and Carpenter had previously made a joke about the existence of a Joe Venuti vending machine that "dishes out Italian food." More banter on the same topic ensues.]
Peggy: Hey, I saw one of Joe's machines.
Bing: You are kidding. What did they look like, Peg?
Peggy: Well, the one I saw looked something like a big jukebox, only instead of records Joe had long-playing pizza pies stacked in.
Joe: And we use a wet noodle for a needle.

2. Preamble To "Sunshine Cake"
Bing: Now, Joe, if you skip out in the green room, Peggy and I will get to the opening number. It's a jumpy little thing called "Sunshine Cake" and it happens to be from a forthcoming Paramount picture in which I'm involved, called Ridin' High. John Scott, let's get it cooking, huh?"

3. Preamble To "I'm Comin' Virginia"
Bing: Now we are very happy tonight, very lucky too, to have Peggy Lee aboard because her blues message is that great song I'm Comin' Virginia. And folks, when Peggy sings the blues, you are gonna hear the truth. Every word -- the truth.
After Peggy Lee finishes and as strong applause is heard, Crosby adds, "hhmmh. Sings the whole book."


Date: February 8, 1950 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped, Date Unknown)
Location: San Francisco, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Sunshine Cake - 3:20(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes - 2:24(Mack David, Al Hoffman, Jay Livingston)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 21 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1950)
Biac Collectors' Label LP(Belgium) Brad 10 530-531 — At Their Rarest Of All Rare Performances {Al Jolson, Peggy Lee}    (1976)
HLC CDHlc 6650 — [Bing Crosby] Bing & Al, Volume 3   (2001)
Soundco Collectors' Label 8-track cartridgeOrs 4 — [Bing Crosby] Soundco Presents The Bing Crosby Show (Starring Bing Crosby, With Fred Allen & Peggy Lee)   
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 1060 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guests
in the words of announcer Ken Carpenter at the start of the program, "Miss Peggy Lee and Mr. Fred Allen" are the episode's guests. "This being boy scout week," Carpenter adds, "it gives me great pleasure to present a former boy who is still a good scout, Bing Crosby." Making previously unannounced appearances at the end of the show are Al Jolson and Portland Hoffa (the latter being Fred Allen's wife, as well as his comedy partner). Peggy Lee does not interact with the other guests.

2. Solos And Duets
"A Dream Is A Wish That Your Heart Makes" serves as Peggy Lee's solo for this episode. "Sunshine Cake" is a reprise of a duet that Crosby and Lee had first attempted during her previous guest appearance, broadcast on January 25, 1950.


Songs

1. "Sunshine Cake"
Smartly Inserted in the middle of this performance are the following promotional lines: "Put on your slippers / Light up a Chesterfield cigarette."


Patter

1. Banter With Bing Crosby
Bing: Look who's here, our favorite girl scout, Peggy Lee.
Peggy: Hi, fellows.
Bing: Hey, Peggy, you are still playing at the Venetian Room at the Fairmont, n'est pas?
Peggy: Oh, yes, I am. But I gotta get back to Hollywood soon ...
Bing: What's the matter?
Peggy: Well, a big producer flew up here and asked me to do a picture.
Bing: Oh, wonderful. That's quite a break.
Peggy: Um-hmm. You may know him. He's with Paramount.
Bing: Who's this?
Peggy: His name is Barney Dean.
Bing: Ahem. Peg, I don't wanna upset you or anything but, uh, I know Barney Dean. He is not a producer.
[Laughter from the audience.]
Peggy: Oh, but he must be, Bing! He even invited me to his hotel to audition tonight.
Bing: Don't go. [Loud laughter from the audience.] Do not go.
Peggy: Why not??
Bing: It's a trap. I know how this fellow operates. He gets you up on his hotel room under false pretenses, he gives you a great buildup, calls room service to send up a bottle of rum or wine, showers you with attention, and then when your head is reeling, he strikes.
Peggy: Oh, noo.
Bing: Yep. Before you know it, you've signed up an order for 300 Christmas cards.
[Audience laughter.]
Peggy: Oh, Bing, that upsets me terribly.
Bing: I don't see why; you've got Christmas cards.
Peggy: Oh, gee, I never looked at it that way.
Bing: You see, there's a bright side to everything, Peggy. Buck up now. Let's carry into the opening number, which happens to be Sunshine Cake from the forthcoming Paramount picture Ridin' High. John Scott, boys and girls, let's make this cake, huh?

2. Preamble To "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes"
Bing: The new Walt Disney picture Cinderella is just full of good tunes. Peggy Lee wants to do a ballad for you now.
"Very pretty, Peggy," adds Crosby after Lee finishes performing, and as the audience applauds.


Photos



More promotion for Ridin' High, the movie that Bing Crosby plugs in this episode and the previous one. The numbers that Crosby sings in the film are listed at the bottom of the ad.


Date: December 13, 1950 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 12/09/50)
Location: CBS Playhouse, 1615 North Vine, Hollywood, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (2nd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) A Bushel And A Peck - 2:33(Frank Loesser)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Orange-colored Sky - 2:07(Milton DeLugg, Willie Stein, uncredited Frank Loesser)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Silver Bells - 2:01(Raymond B. "Ray" Evans, Jay Livingston)
Varèse Sarabande Licensed CD302 066 848 2 — [Bing Crosby] A Crosby Christmas; Songs From His Classic Radio Broadcasts    (2007)
Yesteryear Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) unknown — [Bing Crosby] Bing ("Stars Of The Silver Screen" Series)   
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 46 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1950)
Critter Jablon Collectors' Label LPCbhc 8901 — [Bing Crosby] Bing & Hoppy   (1973)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 1240 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guests
Hopalong Cassidy and Peggy Lee are billed as this episode's guests.

2. Solos And Duets
"Orange-colored Sky" is a Peggy Lee solo. The other above-listed numbers are duets with Crosby.


Patter

1. Banter
Ken Carpenter: And now, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to present that famous hero of the Old West, Bing Crosby.
Bing (affecting a cowboy accent): Thank you, Ken. I'm glad you remembered I was a hero of the Old West. I shouted it out with plenty of rustlers in my day.
Ken: Easy, now. Steady, boy. When I said you were the hero of the old West, I was referring back to the days when you were such a hit as a singer at the Cocoanut Grove.
Bing (still affecting a cowboy accent): Well, I shouted it out with many a rustler right in the Cocoanut Grove.
[Audience laughter. Crosby then returns to his normal voice.]
Bing: Ken, I don't think we should be standing here, though, yakking about the Cocoanut Grove in the old days when we have the star of the current show at the Cocoanut Grove right here. Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Peggy Lee.
[Whistles are heard amidst the audience applause.]
Peggy (affecting a cowboy accent when she says her first "hi"): Hi! Hi, boys.
Bing: Move right in here, Peg.
Peggy: I'm moving.
Bing: Give her room, Ken.
Peggy: Hey Peggy, I caught your show at the Cocoanut Grove the other night. Really great.
Bing: Oh, this girl's got it. Got it.
Peggy: Thank you. Say, Ken, did you hear about the telegram Bing sent me on my opening night?
Ken: No, no. What did he say?
Bing: Just a little wire; 't was nothing important.
Ken: Oh, come on. What did it say, Peg?
Peggy: Well, I have it right here. It says, "Peggy Lee, Cocoanut Grove. I left there rather hurriedly in 1930. Would you please pick up my laundry?"
Ken: Bing, when you send a wire to someone on opening night, you are supposed to wire congratulations and good luck. Of course, it's none of my business.
Bing: You are right, Ken: it's none of your business. Did you get the laundry, Peggy?
Peggy: Yes, I put it in it your dressing room.
Bing: How much do I owe you?
Peggy: 18 cents.
Bing: I thought I left two shirts there. Well ...
Peggy: Say, by the way, Bing, a laundryman said to tell you that your shirt needs repairing.
Bing: It does? Why?
Peggy: Well, he dropped a cigarette on it, and the celluloid collar went up in smoke.
Bing: Well, if it wasn't a Chesterfield, I'm suing.
Peggy: Oh, he told me to be sure to tell that it was a Chesterfield.
Bing: Well, that's alright then. Peg, now that we've got all our business taken care of, what do you say we get on with our opening number, that little affair called A Bushel And A Peck?
Peggy: I'm ready.

2. Preamble To "Orange-colored Sky"
Bing: Now, folks, Peggy Lee again. __ Peggy Lee is going to sing the current hit Orange-colored Sky. Are you ready to slam, bam and alakazam, Peg?
Peggy: Oh, yes. I feel very alakazamy tonight.
Bing: Well, then everything should ?be ?very ?hopping on the gate.
Peggy: Ha, ha.
Bing: Miss Lee, Orange-colored Sky.

3. Cowboy Thief Sketch
The scene for this episode's sketch is set up in a frontier town known as The Thing, Nevada, where Peggy Lee runs a hotel.
Bing: Good morning, ma'am.
Peggy: Good morning, stranger. Welcome to the Gopher Hole Hotel.
Bing: My name is Ace Crosby, ma'am. You have vacant rooms here at the Gopher Hole?
Peggy: Yes, sir, and believe me, it's a pleasure to have an Ace in the Hole.
[Audience laughter.]
Bing: Man, this must be a tough turf. What's 'em arrows in the wall? Indians been here?
Peggy: No, they point the way to the bathroom.
Bing: Ooh! What do ?you ?think ?of ?me?
Peggy: Bathroom!
[Audience laughter.]
Peggy: Here's your key, Ace. Room 21 on the second floor."
Bing: Alright. Will you send the bellboy up for my laundry?
Peggy: Sorry, we don't have a bellboy. Should I come up?
Bing: Okay, but bring some ?wide ?robe with you, hmm?
[Audience laughter.]
Peggy: You know, Ace?
Bing: What?
Peggy: You are different from most of the fine, upright, bashful honorable men in this town. You are a heel!
[Audience laughter.]
Bing: Well, you are mighty attractive yourself, girl.
Hopalong: Good morning, Miss Peggy.
Peggy: Good morning, Hopalong.
Hopalong immediately recognizes Ace as Itchy Fingers Crosby, a famous Nevada thief. A verbal confrontation ensues.
The next scene takes place in the town's bank, where Itchy Fingers has sneaked in, and succeeded at opening the safe. It turns out that Hopalong and Peggy had been hiding near the safe, waiting to catch Ace in flagrante delicto. But the most surprised parties end up being Hopalong and Peggy, when Itchy reveals himself to actually be not Itchy, and not Ace either, but Buckskin Crosby, a famous US marshall.
Bing: You know, Miss Peggy, ever since I met you this morning I had a hanker.
[Peggy makes an odd, whimpering sound.]
Bing: I just had it down a-hankering for you. Jolly, I'd like to do something about it.
Peggy: Okay, Marshall, what's your plan?
[Audience laughter.]
Bing: Well, it's kind of personal, between you and me. I thought that maybe we might get hitched. I don't like to propose in front of Hoppy.
Hopalong: Okay, I'll move along. Best of luck to you, Bucky and Miss Peggy.
Bing & Peggy [in unison]: Thanks, Hoppy.

4. Preamble And Postlude To "Silver Bells"
Bing: ... And we get on to one of this year's big Christmas tunes, written by Livingston and Evans. Peggy, how about you taking a piece of this? Do you know the song?
Peggy (still using the voice of her character in the sketch): Sure, Marshall, what's your plan?
[Audience laughter.]
Bing: Oh now! You're stuck on a gag and you won't turn ?a ?bit. Gag beater, we'll call you. Well, if you'll take a little and I'll take a little, Mr. Hope will be very happy, because this is from his forthcoming picture The Lemon Drop Kid.
After the performance is over, the banter between Crosby and Lee continues.
Bing: Thank you, Peggy. Peggy, believe me, the fact that we sang Silver Bells will make Hope really happy.
Peggy: Oh, Bob is happy all the time.
Bing: Well, slap-happy, anyway.
Peggy: Ha, ha, ha. How's Bob doing as a Chesterfield salesman, ah?
Bing: Pretty good, pretty good. Of course, it doesn't take much of a salesman to sell Chesterfield.
Peggy: No, that's right. They sell themselves once folks make that Chesterfield mildness taste.
Peggy's words serve as the cue for the sponsor's commercial, delivered by Carpenter and Crosby.

5. Closing Banter
At the end of the show, Lee asks Crosby who will guest on the next episode -- a routinary question, though one that Lee had not been assigned to make in a long time. Crosby reveals that his children will be guesting, and he jokes about them. Lee also asks Crosby whether the upcoming episode will include reprises of the tunes that he recorded with his offspring.

Bing Crosby closes the show by asking Hopalong Cassidy and Peggy Lee to cross the street with him and hop across to Bob Hope's derby dam to have a sarsaparilla -- although in Crosby's case, it won't be a sarsaparilla. Instead, it will be a "gun-powdered float." (These party allusions refer back to the episode's sketch.)

Photo


Bing Crosby photograph, dated 1950.


Date: February 21, 1951 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 02/10/51)
Location: CBS Playhouse, 1615 North Vine, Hollywood, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (2nd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Just The Way You Are - 2:15(Ralph Freed)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Would I Love You (Love You, Love You) - 2:13(Bob Russell, Harold Spina)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 56 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1951)
Sunflower Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Sun 2110 — Just the Way You Are {Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee}   (2005)
Flankenzudeutch Istanbul Collectors' Label LP(Germany) Mdtb 05 — [Bing Crosby] Bing's Beaus   
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 20 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guest
According to Ken Carpenter, this episode's guest is "the glamorous, unpredictable Tallulah Bankhead." On the air, Peggy Lee is not billed at all -- neither as a guest nor as a member of the cast. (See however, photocopy of the script, below.) The show is closed by Crosby and Bankhead, with not a peep heard from Lee. Also absent from the closing is Crosby's customary thank you or acknowledgment of Lee's presence. This omission is one of various details which have led me to the impression that Peggy Lee's vocals were taped separately from the Bankhead portions of the show. Lee does speak once during the episode, in a direct reply to a Bankhead line, but I'm inclined to believe that the singer's reply was also taped separately, and edited into the episode. (Alternatively, Peggy Lee could have been present, but would have remained mostly silent simply because the script concentrated on the female guest star, leaving the semi-regular female singer without lines. But if such was the case, the omission of a mere acknowledgment at the end of the show is even more odd.)


Songs

1. Omitted Numbers
Containing the full scheduled routine, the first page of the episode's script (photocopied below) suggests that Crosby was originally slated to do "You're Just In Love" as his opening number. However, "You're Just In Love" was ultimately scrapped. The motivation for the deletion seems to have been the addition of a long (8:40) bantering segment, featuring Bankhead, Crosby, and Carpenter. Lee's and Crosby's duet, originally scheduled to be broadcast halfway through the episode, was moved to this spot, too. (It was heard right after the banter.)

2. Solos And Duets
"Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)" is a Peggy Lee solo. "Just The Way You Are" is her duet with Crosby.


Patter

1. Banter Between The Show's Host And The Episode's Guest Star
The following excerpt from the episode's banter makes mention of Peggy Lee.
Tallulah: Well, darling, enough of The Big Show, Bing. What do you do here, on this itsy bitsy thing?
Bing: Well, we sing some songs, sell some Chesterfield. That's about it.
Tallulah: But don't you have any glamor, darling? I mean, don't you have a girl singer?
Bing: Frequently, certainly. Tonight we have a very special girl singer.
Tallulah: Oh, isn't he divine? Is he a dream!
Bing: Yeah, tonight Peggy Lee is gonna sing for us.
[Moment of silence.]
Tallulah: Peggy Lee?? Well, unless she happens to be related to Robert E. Lee, I am sure I DETEST her!!!
Bing: Threw a rebel yell here, didn't it?
Tallulah: You bet! I sing, you know.
Bing: You do?
[Bankhead sings a couple of lines from "Give My Regards To Broadway."]
Bing: Oh, thank you, Marlena Dietrich.
Tallulah: Well, really, Bing, it seems be rather crassly booking to have me and Miss Lee on the same program.
Bing: Really?
Tallulah: Well, after all, I am a girl. I am a singer.
[Silence.]
Tallulah: Well??
Bing: Now, that's two strikes; you have one more.
Tallulah: You crumb.
Bing: Oh, boy. That's the only girl I know that can tie two ?strings in a knot.
Tallulah: Not bad, isn't ?it?
Bing: Tallulah, you know very well I kid, I do, to say the least. And when I refer to your singing in a derogatory manner, I certainly don't mean it.
Tallulah: Well, I should hope not. Ha, ha, ha!
Bing: Of course, I don't. Tell you what, I've got a song here that I'm supposed to do right now. I'll just go and sit down; you can sing my song.
Tallulah: Oh, no, no, no, Bing. You are sweet and gracious and divine, darling, but, eh, now that you've asked me, I -- I -- I really don't think I like singing.
Bing: Oh, Tallulah ...
Tallulah: No, no no, no use begging; it's useless, it's useless.
Bing: I'm sorry.
Tallulah: I just won't sing now!! ... Oh, a little later, perhaps.
Bing: That's it, a little later, ha.

2. Preamble To "Just The Way You Are"
Bing: Now if you'll excuse me for a few minutes, Peggy Lee and I'd like to blend a popular favorite to sing, called Just The Way You Are. Are you ready, Peg?
[No response from Lee is heard. After the performance is finished, and as plenty of applause is heard, Ken Carpenter exclaims, "very nice, Bing and Peggy!" Crosby gives a response along the lines of "very nice for you to say so." Once again, there is no response from Lee.]

3. Preamble And Postscript To "Would I Love You"
Tallulah: And now here, is Miss Peggy Lee, who brings us a new ballad entitled Would I Love You.
[This very well sung number receives loud whistling and enthusiastic audience applause.]
Tallulah: Oh, darling, that was lovely, Peggy, really, really beautiful.
Peggy: Oh, thank you, Tallulah. And I consider that a real compliment, coming from another girl singer.
Tallulah: Isn't she sweet. Uh, where's the man called Bing?
Bing: Right here, right here.
Tallulah: Darling, I hope you heard what Peggy said.
Bing: I did.
Tallulah: Well, don't you think I should sing?
Bing: Certainly. You know, Tallulah, what we should do is, we gotta do a play with a song in it.
Tallulah: Better yet.
The banter between Crosby and Bankhead continues along these lines, evolving into a dramatic musical sketch. Peggy Lee does not participate any further.


Photos




Seen above are two views of the CBS Playhouse, also known as The Vine Street Theatre, where Crosby's Chesterfield series was taped. Also seen is the adjacent KNX radio station, from which the show's episodes were first broadcast. The other images show a ticket stub from the October 17, 1951 episode, in which Peggy Lee did not participate, and the first page of the script from the present episode, in which Lee did participate.

I should clarify that The Vine Street Theatre was only one of the various locations in which CBS taped its radio programs. Naturally, most of the facilities were within Columbia Square, where CBS' headquarters were located, or otherwise fairly close. I have seen ticket stubs for CBS shows with addresses such as Studios B and C on Columbia Square (on 6121 Sunset Boulevard), Studio 4 at 1313 North Vine Street, and CBS Playhouse #2 on 6126 Hollywood Boulevard (i.e., two blocks east of Vine. Columbia Square was one block away from the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street, where NBC was located.)


Date: June 18, 1952 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 06/02/52)
Location: CBS Playhouse, 1615 North Vine, Hollywood, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Lover - 3:12(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Gordon Jenkins
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 112 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1952)
Demand Performance Collectors' Label cassetteDpc 707 — The Unforgettable Peggy Lee   (1985)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Cloud 9 Productions Public Domain CD(France) Imp 2003785 — Peggy Lee ("Giants Of Jazz" Series)   (2003)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Watermelon Weather(Paul Francis Webster, Hoagy Carmichael)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 112 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1952)
Nimbus Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Rts 4184 — [Bing Crosby] Gone Fishin'; Bing Crosby & Buddies, 193-1960 ("Retrospective" Series)   (2011)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) [Musical Commercial] Sound Off For Chesterfield(Composer Unknown)
All titles on: Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 32 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guests
Peggy Lee and Joe Venuti are billed as this episode's guests. At the end of the show, Peggy Lee is announced as the guest for the next episode, too.

2. Solos And Duets
"Lover" is a Peggy Lee solo, "Watermelon Weather" her duet with Bing Crosby. The above-listed Chesterfield jingle is also sung by the two artists, whose voices are backed by The Rhythmaires.


Songs

1. "Lover"
For Peggy Lee's performance of this particular song, an echo chamber was apparently used. I assume that the intention was to produce a haunting but still vivid sound. To my ears, the results fell off the mark; the performance sounds muffled and remote.

2. "Sound Off For Chesterfield"
I have given the title "Sound Off For Chesterfield" to this episode's commercial. That title is entirely my own invention (though based on my listening of the lyrics, of course). The sources at hand show no particular title for it, other than "Chesterfield Jingle." (Incidentally, the words "sound off for Chesterfield" can be heard in just about all the musical commercials from this period, on the very first line. Basically, it is the same jingle in all instances, though with partially different lyrics.)


Photo


Photo of Bing Crosby, published in the summer of 1952.


Patter

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee, Banter And Preamble To "Lover"
Bing: Now, ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to present a charming young lady, a very dear friend of mine, a fine vocalist. I'm not sure if she isn't the finest, eh, young lady vocalist we have in this business. She's the star of her own show for Oldsmobile over CBS. We call her the sophisticate from North Dakota, Miss Peggy Lee.
[Audience applause.]
Peggy: Thank you, Bing, but I'm not really a sophisticate.
Bing: You are not?
Peggy: I'm just a farm girl.
Bing: Well, for a girl who rolled in a lot of hay, you sure have a fancy dress on.
Peggy: Ha.
Bing: And that hat is a n__ number, too. What I meant, Peggy, was that you sing rather soulful, sophisticated songs -- with a great deal of feeling, I might add.
Peggy: Thank you, Bing. Did you hear my new Decca record, Lover?
Bing: Yes, and believe me, I never heard no one sing like that around a butter churn.
Peggy: Ha. Well, Bing, when you sing nowadays, you're supposed to really live it!
Bing: Really?
Peggy: Let the world know what your problem is.
Bing: I got no problems. Everything's fine.
Peggy: You should -- you should see a psychiatrist.
Bing: I'm not ready to lie down yet.
Peggy: Well, what I'm getting at is...
Bing: What do you mean? I don't dig it.
Peggy: Well, I mean, when you're singing a modern song you should get up sad ...
Bing: I should?
Peggy: ... become ?violent and tear yourself to shreds while you are singing.
Bing: Lady, I have enough trouble remembering the words. I can't throw a breakdown there, too.
Peggy: Oh, well, who cares about the words? The public doesn't want words. It wants wild, weird sounds.
Bing: I must do my next recording in a slaughter house, I guess. ____.
Peggy: Ha, ha. Ooh, that would be divine.
Bing: Bovine, too, hmm? Peg, I refuse to work myself into a frenzy. I'm just not gonna blow this wig flippers and top blowers. I refuse.
Peggy: I know. I read in Quick magazine a couple of weeks ago that you and Perry Como still toss off a song with supreme nonchalance.
Bing: Supreme nonchalance? Is that what we do?
Peggy: Yes! The lyrics you sing may tell of heartbreak but you and Perry have your minds on other things while you sing.
Bing: That's right. I have my mind on Perry and he's got his mind on me.
Ken: Yeah, indeed! How true.
Peggy: Well, anyhow, the article in Quick pointed out that you and Como are in complete contrast to the new soul-struck school of singers who are suckers with loud and extravagant laments for lost and unobtainable sweethearts.
Bing: Well, Peggy, if a girl's tied the can on you and given you the ?gater-blown town, what's the use of hollering about it?
Peggy: Well, maybe if you holler loud enough she'll come back.
Bing: It's only a sound; who needs her?
Peggy: You mean, then, you don't care to suffer.
Bing: Why should I suffer? I like to sing!
Peggy: Well, I like to sing, too!
Bing: Oh, what's your selection tonight, Peg?
Peggy: Well, I just thought I might do Lover.
Bing: Oh, this has a good deal of a new sound in it. I hope Como's listening; it may wake him up a little. Go ahead, Peggy!

2. Preamble To "Watermelon Weather"
Bing: Peg, how about that duet we were gonna do on the song that we recorded recently for Decca? Number, aye, 567812; "Watermelon Weather." Do you remember that?
Peggy: Yeah, okay, Bing.
Bing: Don't look for any new sound in this selection.
Peggy: Ha, ha, ha!
Bing: It's a nice, old-fashioned, easygoing tune written by Hoagy Carmichael, who is a nice old-fashioned easygoing boy from Indiana. Logansport, I think. Paul Webster wrote the lyrics, and very fine they are ... Mr. Trotter, let's head for the watermelon patch and plug this tune, huh?

3. Chesterfield Promotional Spot
Bing: You know, you get out of a cigarette just as much as the manufacturer puts into it. You get out of Chesterfield a smoke that is milder, with extraordinary good taste and no unpleasant aftertaste. That's because down in Richmond, in Durham, they put into Chesterfield only the ingredients that gives you the best possible smoke.
Peggy: Say, Bing, I can vouch for that. I've just been to Durham. And I've seen the Chesterfield factories first hand. Seen how they take the best tobacco and pure moistening agents and that moist and pure white cigarette paper. It's easy to see that Chesterfield uses only the ingredients that give you the best possible smoke.
Bing: Research ?back ?setup, Peg. And Chesterfield Research Laboratories are the newest and the best in the business.
Ken: And Chesterfield are made in the newest and most modern cigarette factories. Right, Peg?
Peggy: Right you are, Ken. Right, new and clean.
Bing: There you have it, folks. The best ingredients backed up. That's why you should change to Chesterfield, by the best manufacture and the best research. That's what is in a Chesterfiled for you. That's why you should change to Chesterfield today.
Peggy: Bing, as a Chesterfield smoker myself, I back that up one hundred percent.
Bing: Well, come on, Peg, let's give the folks some good advice with a little musical backing, hmm?
A brief Chesterfield Jingle is then sung by Crosby, Lee, and The Rhythmaires. The jingle's first line, sung by Crosby, mentions Peggy Lee by name. ("Follow the lead of Peggy Lee / Smoke the one ...")


Date: June 25, 1952 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 06/15/52)
Location: CBS Playhouse, 1615 North Vine, Hollywood, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield (3rd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Edwin "Buddy" Cole (p), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) You Go To My Head - 3:24(John Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 113 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1952)
Demand Performance Collectors' Label cassetteDpc 707 — The Unforgettable Peggy Lee   (1985)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Zing A Little Zong(Leo Robin, Harry Warren)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 113 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1952)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea Last Night(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 113 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby Show   (1952)
All-Star Products Collectors' Label LPAsp Lp 2000 — [Bing Crosby] Bing Crosby’s All Star Chesterfield Show   
d. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) [Musical Commercial] Chesterfield Summer Vacation(Composer Unknown)
All titles on: Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 173 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guest
Peggy Lee is the only guest for this episode, which happens to be the very last one of the entire Chesterfield series.

2. Buddy Cole
Aften singing one of his solos, Bing Crosby acknowledges the backing that he has received from Buddy Coles piano. After another solo, Crosby acknowledges the pianist for a second time. Cole is thus presumed to also be the pianist in the Lee selections.

3. Peggy Lee Solos And Duets
"You Go To My Head" is Peggy Lee's solo for this episode. The other numbers are Lee-Crosby duets.


Songs

1. "The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea"
Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee taped their duet "The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea" twice, once for a commercial recording at Decca (May 16, 1952) and once for this episode (June 15, 1952). Though taped just a month apart and overall very similar, this version differs from the Decca recording in various notable aspects. For starters, it has additional lyrics. Halfway through the song, a spoken exchange between Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby is heard, but the exchanged words are not the exact same ones in both versions. There is also a different instrumental solo in each version (possibly a trumpet in both cases, or it might be a cornet in one case and a trumpet in the other case).

2. "Chesterfield Summer Vacation"
I have given the title "Chesterfield Summer Vacation" to this episode's commercial. That title is entirely my own invention (though based on my listening of the lyrics, of course). The sources at hand show no particular title for it, other than the generic appellation "Chesterfield Jingle."


Photos



Photos of Bing Crosby, the crooning cowboy of man who hunted, fished, and rode many a horse, sometimes all at once (per the patter below).


Patter

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee, Banter, And Preamble To "You Go To My Head"
Bing: And now folks, here's a very charming, very talented songstress, one of our really great vocalists who's currently appearing at Ciro's here on the Sunset Strip. Miss Peggy Lee.
[Audience applause.]
Peggy: Thank you, Bing.
Bing: Ah, Peggy, it's nice to have you aboard in your iridescent midnight blue.
Peggy: Oh, thank you.
Bing: That's what that is, isn't it?
Peggy: Yes, it is.
Bing: See, I'm not color blind. Now, come on.
Peggy: Noo.
Bing: Nice to have you aboard anyhow, Peg.
Peggy: All set for your vacation, Bing?
Bing: Yep, tomorrow morning I'm slipping into my Levi's and my West Tex boots and I'm heading for the ranch. I'm going trout fishing on horseback.
Peggy: On horseback?
Bing: Yeah. Going to. In Nevada the trout is so wild we have to lasso 'em.
Peggy: Ha, ha. Is trout your favorite fish?
Bing: Well, they are very good, of course. Lately I like pike.
Peggy: Who?
Bing: Pike!
Peggy: Oh. What about Ike?
[n.b.: This is a reference to then-presidential candidate Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower]
Bing: Well, I imagine Ike likes pike, too. [Lee and the audience laugh.] He loves the pitch, I know that.
Peggy: Well, I don't suppose he has much time for fishing right now.
Bing: Only for delegates, I think. Be that as it may, Peggy, what's your selection gonna be tonight?
Peggy: Well, I thought I'd sing You Go To My Head.
Bing (singing a few words): Oh, you go to my head and you linger like a glass of champagne [sic]. Oh, it's my favorite ballad ______.

2. Postscript To "You Go To My Head" And Preamble To "Zing A Little Zong"
Bing: Ooh. So nice. So lovely. Now, would you like to fight it out with me in a duet?
Peggy: Ookay.
Bing: This is a thing called Zing A Little Zong. It's from the forthcoming Paramount picture Just For You.
Peggy: Oh, Just For You is your new picture, isn't it, Bing?
Bing: What do you think?
Peggy: Ha, ha.
Bing: Wait till I get my copy.
Peggy: All ready?

3. Chesterfield Promotional Spot
Ken: Chesterfields are made in the newest and most modern cigarette factories. And Peggy Lee can back me up on that.
Peggy: Right, Ken. I watched 'em being made in Durham. Nothing but the best.
Bing: Folks, the word 'best' sums up the whole Chesterfield story. Best ingredients, best manufacture, best research. That's what is in every pack of Chesterfields for you. That's why you should change to Chesterfield today. Peggy, let's sing a summary sort of a jingle here, huh? All about vacation ___.
Bing, Peggy, and the Rhythmaires then proceed to sing the jingle, whose lyrics are longer (about two choruses) and arguably better than those heard in the instances of the Chesterfiled jingle from the previously listed episodes.

4. Preamble To "The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea"
Bing: Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen have written a new tune which Peggy and I recently recorded for Decca, entitled The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea. I think they came up with a good title there, too. I think we ought to sing it, don't you, Peg?
Peggy: Oh, that's a great idea.
Bing: Thinking, I'm thinking all the time. Let's go, my dear.
Peggy: Yeah -- ha.



The Bing Crosby Show For General Electric

Since it was also on CBS, The Bing Crosby Show For General Electric could be considered a mere continuation of The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield, though with a new sponsor. Unlike Crosby's previous Chesterfield and Philco programming, however, this General Electric series lasted two instead of three seasons. It would also be the Old Groaner's last fully sponsored radio series. At issue was the dramatic erosion in audience and popularity that the radio airwaves had been suffering since television had begun to take hold over the nation in the late 1940s. The first season, broadcast Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. (basically the same slot as Crosby's previous shows), opened on October 9, 1952 and closed on July 2, 1953. The second season (moved to Sundays, if the rather vague data at my reach is accurate) started on September 27, 1953 and concluded on May 30, 1954.

Old reliables Ken Carpenter and John Scott Trotter remained regular cast members throughout the series. Coming in as semi-regulars during the General Electric cycle were pianist Buddy Cole (24 episodes), Crosby's sons Gary and Lindsay (11 episodes), and singer Rosemary Clooney (19 episodes). In a pattern similar to Peggy Lee's, Clooney had made her debut appearance in one of the last episodes of Crosby's previous series (The Bing Crosby Show For Chesterfield) and had then proceeded to make repeat appearances in the early episodes of The Bing Crosby Show For General Electric. (In Peggy Lee's case, she made her debut appearance in one of the last episodes of Kraft Music Hall, and then proceeded to make repeat appearances in early episodes of his subsequent series, Philco Radio Time.)

During this General Electric period, Peggy Lee made the same number of visits as Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart, Dinah Shore and Helen O'Connell: three. Her earliest appearance took place during the first season. Lee's two other appearances were made during the show's last season, and both had an air of sweet nostalgia; each episode included numbers that Lee had sung when she was a semi-regular in Crosby radio programming.


Date: February 26, 1953 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 02/07/53)
Location: Palm Springs, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For General Electric (1st Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v), Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires {Conlon, Mack McLean, Loulie "Lily" Jean Norman, Charles Parlato, Gloria Wood} (bkv)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Just One Of Those Things - 2:40(Cole Porter) / arr: Gordon Jenkins
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) That's A-Plenty(Ray Gilbert, Lew Pollack) / arr: John Scott Trotter
Both titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 21 — [Bing Crosby] General Electric Bing Crosby Show   (1953)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 161 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guests
Ken Carpenter announces the episode's guests as "Miss Peggy Lee and Mister Joe Venuti."

2. Peggy Lee Solos And Duets
"Just One Of Those Things" is Peggy Lee's solo for this episode. "That's A-Plenty"is her duet with Bing Crosby.

3. Dixieland Band
An old rag tune that dixieland had fully embraced long before the taping of this episode, "That's A-Plenty" is played in a hot Dixie style. Unfortunately, the musicians are not identified. They might just be members of the John Scott Trotter Orchestra. Red Nichols and Joe Venuti are very likely to have been among the players.


Patter

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee And Banter Between Crosby And Lee
Bing: And now, folks, our featured guest this evening. A delightful young lady loaded with talent, charm, ability and a beautiful beat, too, currently co-starring with Danny Thomas in the motion picture The Jazz Singer, Miss Peggy Lee.
[Audience applause.]
Bing: Peggy!
Peggy: Hi, Bing.
Bing: Having a good time here at the Springs, Peg?
Peggy: Oh, yes, but gee, it's grown some.
Bing: Ain't it?
Peggy: Yes, the new El Mirador Hotel, the golf courses, the nightclubs ...
Bing: Oh, yeah. It's a far cry from the little Indian village that once was here, I'll tell you that.
Peggy: Well, how did Palm Springs start anyway, Bing?
Bing: Well, Peg, many years ago it was just a little sleepy Indian village, like I said.
Peggy: Hmm.
Bing: Really, it got its start when one day a cover wagon rode through here and a little baby boy bounced out. And this little baby boy was picked up and was adopted by the Indians.
Peggy: And, uh, did the Indians give this little boy a name?
Bing: Yes, they named him Charlie Farrell.
[Audience laughter and applause.]
Bing: Now, look out.
Peggy: Charlie Farrell!?
Bing: Uh-huh.
Peggy: Is that an Indian name?
Bing: Yes, in Indian that means bouncer of tennis balls.
Peggy: Ha, ha. And now, is he big mayor, huh?
Bing: How.
Peggy: Well, I guess that he was elected!
[Audience laughter.]
Bing: Oh, I guess so!

2. Preamble And Postscript To "Just One Of Those Things"
Bing: Hey, you gotta a song for us, honey?
Peggy: Yes, I thought I'd do Just One Of Those Things.
Bing: Oh, I'd like that. Work it out with Mr. Trotter, will you? I'll go out there, sit down, and listen.
Peggy: Alright.
After Peggy finishes singing, Bing returns to the mike.
Bing: Wonderful, Peggy. That's, uh, quite an arrangement. Who made that arrangement?
Peggy: Gordon Jenkins.
Bing: Well, that really comes on. A smasher. Very good, indeed.
Peggy: Thank you, Bing.

3. Preamble To "That's A-Plenty"
Bing: Say, what do you say, you and I take a shot at something together, uh?
Peggy: Well, uh, what did you have in mind, Bing?
Bing: Well, you know, there's a song going around -- it's an old jazzband song that Fudd Livingston wrote, That's A-Plenty, and I think it's got some lyrics to it, no, John? John Trotter has a wonderful dixieland arrangement. I'm willing to try it. If I blow a gasket or something I'll go to pits and you and the band take over.
Peggy: Well, let's say, if we blow a gasket -- ha, ha.
Bing: No, you'll be in there.


Songs And Songwriters

1. "That's A-Plenty"
2. Fud Livingston
During the above-quoted banter, Bing Crosby refers to Fud Livingston as the songwriter of That's A-Plenty. Elsewhere, however, the music of this 1914 publication is credited to Lew Pollack and the lyrics (written decades later) to Ray Gilbert.

Fud Livingston (1906-1957) was a composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist whose main claim to fame is his composition of the jazz standard "I'm Through With Love." The fact that Livingston worked as a publicist during the last decades of his life could have led to a misunderstanding on Bing Crosby's part. Alternatively, Crosby might have been privy to facts (or claims) that have now been lost in the mist of time. Perhaps, Fud Livingston claimed that he was the true author of the song. (Crosby and Livingston are likely to have known each other reasonably well. In the past, both men had moved in the same circles: they had worked with The Paul Whiteman Orchestra and also with an ensemble led by Red Nichols.)


Date: November 15, 1953 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 11/08/53)
Location: Hollywood, California
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For General Electric (2nd Season)
The Bing Crosby Show For General Electric

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) I've Got A Crush On You - 2:48(Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) 'S Wonderful(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Collegiate: College Medley(Nathan J. Bonx, Moe Jaffe)
d. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Ain't We Got Fun: College Medley(Raymond Egan, Gus Kahn, Richard Whiting)
e. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Betty Co-Ed: College Medley(J. Paul Fogarty, Rudy Vallée)
f. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) The Varsity Drag: College Medley(Lew Brown, Buddy G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson)
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 47 — [Bing Crosby] General Electric Bing Crosby Show   (1953)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 167 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Photo



The Old Groaner strikes a winking pose. Published in a 1949 Crosby fanzine.


Personnel

1. Guest
"Miss Peggy Lee" is this episode's sole guest.

2. Solos And Duets
This episode's rendition of " 'S Wonderful" is a Crosby-Lee duet that they had performed in a much earlier installment (February 11, 1948). Lee's solo, "I've Got A Crush On You," had been performed twice before (February 11, 1948; October 12, 1949), on both occasions in the company of Bing Crosby. The remaining numbers are duets as well, all of them part of a medley.


Patter

1. Introduction Of Peggy Lee And Preamble To "I've Got A Crush On You"
Bing: Now, folks, our guest this evening is one of the very top chantooses. Whether it's record, radio, TV or movies, she's always a delight. The lovely Miss Peggy Lee.
Peggy: Hi, Bing. Thanks for them kind words.
Bing: Oh, I always have plenty such for you, Peg. Like, it's a pleasure to have you with us again -- something like that.
Peggy: It's a pleasure to be here.
Bing: What are you gonna do?
Peggy: Well, if the orchestra will hit ?right, I'm going into my dance!
[n.b.: This is a reference to the earlier patter between Bing Crosby and Ken Carpenter, during which the two men joked about certain listeners. Aware of Crosby's upcoming TV show debut, such listenrs were eagerly claiming to have dancing and singing skills that would make them suitable to appear on the televised special.]
Bing: Ha, you were listening to Ken and me, ah?
Peggy: I sure was.
Bing: Oh, a big deal like that would just be wasted on the radio, Peg. Why don't you sing something?
Peggy: Alright. How about I've Got A Crush On You?
Bing: Oh, look no further; safe choice, believe me."


2. Postscript To "I've Got A Crush On You" And Preamble To " 'S Wonderful"
Bing: Oh, that was lovely, Peggy. Really, highly listenable. Now that you've captivated our audience with this excellent George Gershwin tune, it seems silly to break the mood. Let's you and I continue with another Gershwin ballad, 'S Wonderful.
Peggy: Glad to.

3. Preamble To The College Medley
Bing: Oh, Peggy!
Peggy: Yes, Bing.
Bing: Peggy, did you take notice of the homecoming celebration at the University of Southern California last week? Did you see that?
Peggy: Oh, sure. The kids at SC had a big flapper day parade.
Bing: That's right. They really carried on, didn't they?
Peggy: It was a jolly reminder of how the collegiates carried on back in the twitching twenties.
Bing: Ho, ho. Twenties is right. Well, you people who twitched then aren't twitching now, I'll tell you that. But I guess young folks will never again laugh things off, or reach such a degree of utter abandonment as they did in those days, ah?
Peggy: They were thrilling carefree times, I guess.
Bing: I guess, too.
Peggy: But, uh, you can guess closer than I.
Bing: But anyhow, Peg, let's -- let's you be Betty Co-ed and I'll be Joe College. And we'll hit some of the happy tunes which ___ the what-the-__-heck attitude of the twenties.
Peggy: Okay. Chick, your shiva is ready.
Bing: Our first number is Collegiates, folks. This -- this is the bees' knees.

4. Preamble To "Ain't We Got Fun"
Peggy: Ha, ha, ha.
Bing: Rowdydow.
Peggy: That was the cat's pajamas, Harry.
Bing: ??I'd hate to mention the ??snake's hips. Now here's a song that recommended a philosophy popular in the very early twenties, Ain't We Got Fun.

5. Preamble To "Betty Co-Ed"
Bing: Yes, sir, right at the end of the twenties, I think it was 1930, J. Paul Fogarty and Rudy Vallée took pen in hand and had this to say about college girls.

6. Preamble To "Varsity Drag"
Bing: Of course, now, the Charleston was the big rage as far as dancing went during most of the twenties. But there were other dances, too. Here's one that was featured in the Broadway musical Good News. This was called Varsity Drag. This was a gasser.


Date: November 29, 1953 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped 11/08/53)
Label: The Bing Crosby Show For General Electric (2nd Season)

John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra (acc), Edwin "Buddy" Cole (p), Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee (v)

a. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) You And The Night And The Music - 1:55(Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
b. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) What Is This Thing Called Love? - 2:04(Cole Porter)
Avid Collectors' Label CD(United Kingdom) Avc 549 — I've Got A Crush On You   (1995)
Avid Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) Avc 876 — Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series)    (2007)
c. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) Exactly Like You(Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields)
d. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) I Got Rhythm(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
e. ExtantBing Crosby Show (CBS) They Can't Take That Away From Me(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
All titles on: Armed Forces Radio Service 16" TranscriptionShow 49 — [Bing Crosby] General Electric Bing Crosby Show   (1953)
Redmond Nostalgia Collectors' Label commercial CDrCd 168 — [Bing Crosby] The Bing Crosby Show   

Personnel

1. Guest
Serving as the episode's only guest was, as both Ken Carpenter and Bing Crosby often billed her, Miss Peggy Lee.

2. Buddy Cole
Bing Crosby acknowledges pianist Buddy Cole's prominent participation in an instrumental rendition of "Invitation," featuring the entire John Scott Trotter Orchestra. Cole is presumed to have been the pianist backing Lee during her numbers, too.

3. Peggy Lee Solos and Duets
For her last-known appearance in his radio shows, Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby returned to a medley of standards that they had previously performed in the show: "Exactly Like You" (November 10, 1948), "I Got Rhythm" (February 11, 1948; November 10, 1948), "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (February 11, 1948; April 7, 1948; November 10, 1948), and the Lee solo "What Is This Thing Called Love" (November 10, 1948). Separately from the medley, Peggy Lee shone on a solo rendition of "You And The Night And The Music."


Patter

1. Banter
2. Prelude To "You And The Night And The Music"
Bing: Now, ladies and gentlemen, here's this evening's guest. The lovely singing star Miss Peggy Lee.
Peggy: Hi, Bing.
Bing: Hi, Peg.
Peggy: Hey, Bing, are you really gonna do a TV show?
Bing: Oh, yes. It's nerve-wrecking, isn't it?
Peggy: Ooh, it's a breeze. I just finished some shows with Perry Como.
Bing: Oh. Perry Como.
Peggy: Um-hmm.
Bing: What does he do on television?
Peggy: He sings!
Bing: Aw shucks, that's what I plan to do.
Peggy: Well, don't worry, Bing. In TV there's always room for one more.
Bing: Oh, boy, am I glad to hear that. Well, on this subject, Peg, you have a song for us now?
Peggy: Yes, I thought I'd do You And The Night And The Music.
Bing: Ah, you are in a nostalgic mood this evening, I gather.
Peggy: Oh, very.
Bing: I'm sure Mr. Trotter will give you his undivided attention.
After Lee finishes performing, and as the audience applauds, Crosby adds:
"Oh, I loved it, Peggy. Yes, a wonderful arrangement. You sang it beautifully."

3. Introducing A Medley of Favorites
Peggy Lee's final performance for The Bing Crosby Show is a medley of standards, which she sings mostly in duet with the host. Transcribed below is the dialogue heard between the selections.
Bing: ... I'll get to the other task at hand -- that is, if Peggy Lee is ready.
[Moment of silence.]
Peggy: Right here, Bing.
Bing: Folks, Peggy and I would like to sing some of our favorite tunes -- sort of ad-lib 'em in the proper fashion. I hope we run across some of your favorites, too. Will you start, Peggy?
Peggy: Sure.
[Lee sings "What Is This Thing Called Love."]
Bing: Oh, I liked it, Peggy. It was real good. Will you join me now in "Exactly Like You?"
Peggy: Glad to.
[Crosby and Lee sing "Exactly Like You."]
Bing: Nice, Peggy, nice.
Peggy: Thank you. Take a solo, Bing.
Bing: __. I might try that.
[Crosby's solo is "You Are Too Beautiful."]
Bing: Thank you. Peggy, lest we get too relaxed here, too cozy, too snug, I think we better get to switch to something more lively, ah?
Peggy: Well, you think, uh, I Got Rhythm would do it?
Bing: Ah, never miss here. We'll let the jazz band in here, too. Take off their shackles. Unmuscle 'em. Get with us, boys.
[A lively but short, one-chorus duet version of I Got Rhythm is sung, with hot jazz backing by all the ensemble.]
Bing: Everybody still here?
Peggy: That was jolly.
Bing: That jumped enough for you? Good. Should we rest up on a ballad, Peggy?
Peggy: Well, how about, uh, They Can't Take That Away From Me?
Bing: One of the best. I love it.
[After "They Can't Take That Away From Me", Crosby closes the segment as follows.]
Bing: Thanks, Peggy, thank you very much. As always, your visit here tonight was most enjoyable. Very listenable, too.


Date: March 14, 1954 (Broadcast Date) (Pre-taped February 28, 1954)

The index of The Red Nichols Story: After Intermission, 1942-1965 (written by Philip R. Evans, Stanley Hester, Stephen Hester, and Linda Evans) lists Peggy Lee as making an appearance on an episode broadcast on March 14, 1954. This is an error. Crosby's guest on that episode was not Peggy Lee but Peggy King.

Photo


Photo of Bing Crosby, published in 1954.


Index

The following index lists all of Peggy Lee's performances on Bing Crosby radio programming. Also included is the broadcast date for each performance.


A. Solo Vocals
1+. Bali Ha'i (April 27, 1949)
2+. Bali Ha'i (May 11, 1949)
3. Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, A (February 8, 1950)
4. For Sentimental Reasons (March 26, 1947)
5. Golden Earrings (February 25, 1948)
6. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe (March 12, 1947)
7+. He's Just My Kind (January 1, 1947)
8+. He's Just My Kind (February 12, 1947)
9. I Don't Know Enough About You (May 2, 1946)
10+. I Got Lucky In The Rain (December 29, 1948; for a duet version, see list B, below)
11. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (October 19, 1949)
12+. I Wanna Go Where You Go (Then I'll Be Happy) (December 15, 1948; for a duet version, see list B below)
13. I'll Close My Eyes (April 23, 1947)
14. I'm Comin', Virginia (January 25, 1950)
15+. I’ve Got A Crush On You (November 15, 1953; for duet versions, see list B, below)
16. It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose (October 1, 1947)
17. It's All Over Now (December 18, 1946)
18. It's Lovin' Time (February 5, 1947)
19. Just An Old Love Of Mine (October 8, 1947)
20. Just One Of Those Things (February 26, 1953)
21. Just Squeeze Me (March 19, 1947)
22. Linger In My Arms A Little Longer (December 11, 1946)
23*. Louisa From Lake Louise (September 21, 1949)
24. Love, Your (Magic) Spell Is Everywhere (October 27, 1948)
25. Lover (June 18, 1952)
26. Nightingale Can Sing The Blues, A (April 16, 1947)
27*. Ophelia's Blues (I'm Sweet, Shy Ophelia) (September 28, 1949)
28. Orange-colored Sky (December 13, 1950)
29. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: Astaire Movie Medley (April 7, 1948)
30. So Dear To My Heart (January 26, 1949)
31. Speaking Of Angels (April 9, 1947)
32. Trouble Is A Man (January 12, 1949)
33*. Was Last Night The Last Night With You? (February 25, 1948)
34+. What Is This Thing Called Love? (November 10, 1948)
35+. What Is This Thing Called Love? (November 29, 1953)
36. What More Can A Woman Do (January 8, 1947)
37. When Is Sometime? (March 9, 1949)
38. When You Speak With Your Eyes (January 11, 1950)
39. Wonderful Guy, A (October 12, 1949)
40. Would I Love You (Love You, Love You) (February 21, 1950)
41. You And The Night And The Music (November 29, 1953)
42. You Go To My Head (June 25, 1952)


B. Duets, Trios, And Quartets
All performances feature Peggy Lee in the company of Bing Crosby, unless otherwise indicated.
43. Again (October 12, 1949)
44. Ain't We Got Fun: College Medley (November 15, 1953)
45*. Allá En El Rancho Grande (Trio with Gary Cooper; October 1, 1947)
46. Baby, You Can Count On Me (January 1, 1947)
47. Bebop Spoken Here (April 27, 1949)
48+. Best Man, The (February 12, 1947)
49+. Best Man, The (March 12, 1947)
50. Betty Co-Ed: College Medley (November 15, 1953)
51. Blue Hawaii (May 11, 1949)
52*. Boise, Idaho (February 25, 1948)
53. Bushel And A Peck, A (December 13, 1950)
54*. California (Trio with Abe Burrows; January 26, 1949)
55*. Catalogue Day: Astaire Movie Medley (Trio with Fred Astaire; April 7, 1948)
56. Cheek To Cheek: Astaire Movie Medley (April 7, 1948)
57*. Collegiate: College Medley (November 15, 1953)
58. Cuánto Le Gusta (December 29, 1948)
59. Dearly Beloved: Astaire Movie Medley (April 7, 1948)
60. Down The Old Ox Road (April 23, 1949)
61+. Easter Parade (March 24, 1948)
62+. Easter Parade (April 13, 1949)
63*. Everything Is OK In Denmark (Trio with Abe Burrows; September 28, 1949)
64. Everything's Moving Too Fast (December 18, 1946)
65+. Exactly Like You (November 10, 1948)
66+. Exactly Like You (November 29, 1953)
67. Far Away Places (May 11, 1949)
68. Fine Romance, A: Astaire Movie Medley (April 7, 1948)
69*. Happy, Happy, Happy Days (Trio with Abe Burrows; February 23, 1949)
70. Here Comes Santa Claus (December 7, 1949)
71+. How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies (May 11, 1949)
72+. How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies (October 12, 1949)
73+. I Got Lucky In The Rain (January 26, 1949; for a solo version, see list A, above)
74+. I Got Rhythm (February 11, 1948)
75+. I Got Rhythm (November 10, 1948)
76+. I Got Rhythm (November 29, 1953)
77. I Still Suits Me (April 16, 1947)
78+. I Wanna Go Where You Go (Then I'll Be Happy) (February 23, 1949; for a solo version, see list A, above)
79+. I’ve Got A Crush On You (February 11, 1948; for a solo version, see list A, above)
80.+ I’ve Got A Crush On You (October 12, 1949; for a solo version, see list A, above)
81. Isn’t This A Lovely Day?: Astaire Movie Medley (Duet with Fred Astaire; April 7, 1948)
82*. It Means That We Are We (February 23, 1949)
83+. It's A Good Day (Dec. 11, 1946)
84+. It's A Good Day (January 8, 1947)
85+. It's A Good Day (March 19, 1947)
86+. It's A Good Day (April 23, 1947)
87*. It’s About Time That I Wrote To The Folks In Terra Haute (February 25, 1948)
88. It's More Fun Than A Picnic (October 19, 1949)
89. Just The Way You Are (February 21, 1951)
90*. Kamehameha Day: Astaire Movie Medley (Trio with Fred Astaire; April 7, 1948)
91+. Little Bird Told Me, A (Trio with Bob Crosby; December 1, 1948)
92+. Little Bird Told Me, A (Duo; December 15, 1948)
93. Little Jack Frost, Get Lost (January 11, 1950)
94+. Mañana (March 24, 1948)
95[+]. Mañana [Christmas Version] (December 7, 1949)
96. Maybe It's Because (I Love You Too Much) (September 21, 1949)
97. Maybe You'll Be There (December 29, 1948)
98. Moon Came Up With A Great Idea Last Night, The (June 25, 1952)
99*. [Musical Commercial] Everyday Is A Philco Day (Trio with Fred Astaire; April 7, 1949)
100*. [Musical Commercial] Mr. Crosby And Mr. Templeton For Philco (Quartet With Ken Carpenter and Alec Templeton; April 9, 1947)
101*. [Musical Commercial] Chesterfield Satisfies (October 12, 1949)
102*. [Musical Commercial] Chesterfield Summer Vacation (June 25, 1952)
103*. [Musical Commercial] The Philco Dittendorten National Anthem (February 23, 1949)
104*. [Musical Commercial] Sound Off For Chesterfield (June 18, 1952)
105*. [Musical Commercial] You Ought To Get A Portable Philco (May 11, 1949)
106+. On A Slow Boat To China (December 1, 1948)
107+. On A Slow Boat To China (December 15, 1948)
108[+]*. On A Slow Mule To Memphis And Macon (Trio with Johnny Mercer; January 12, 1949)
109. Once And For Always (March 9, 1949)
110+. 'S Wonderful (February 11, 1948)
111+. 'S Wonderful (November 15, 1953)
112*. She's The Sweetheart Of Delta Delta Tau (Duet with Abe Burrows; April 27, 1949)
113. Silver Bells (December 13, 1950)
114+. So In Love (February 23, 1949)
115+. So In Love (March 9, 1949)
116. Stay Well (December 7, 1949)
117. Summertime (February 11, 1948)
118+. Sunshine Cake (January 25, 1950)
119+. Sunshine Cake (February 8, 1950)
120. That's A-Plenty (February 26, 1953)
121*. These Lush Moments (February 25, 1948)
122+. They Can’t Take That Away From Me (February 11, 1948)
123+. They Can’t Take That Away From Me (November 10, 1948)
124+. They Can’t Take That Away From Me(November 29, 1953)
125+. They Can’t Take That Away From Me: Astaire Movie Medley (April 7, 1948)
126. Thousand Violins, A (November 23, 1949)
127*. Tortured (February 25, 1948)
128*. Upper Peabody Technological College (Trio with Abe Burrows, April 27, 1949)
129. Varsity Drag: College Medley, The (November 15, 1953)
130. Watermelon Weather (June 18, 1952)
131. 'Way Back Home (November 23, 1949)
132*. We Love The Canadian Rockies (Trio With Abe Burrows; September 21, 1949)
133*. When You're In Love With The Lover You Love (January 26, 1949)
134. White Christmas: Astaire Movie Medley (April 7, 1948)
135. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (October 27, 1948)
136. You Was (March 16, 1949)
137*. You’re In Love With Someone (September 28, 1949)
138. Zing A Little Zong (June 25, 1952)

C. Codes

1. The + Sign
In the listings above, a plus sign serves as indication that Peggy Lee performed the given song more than once in Crosby radio programming.

2. The * Sign
In the listings above, an asterisk serves as indication that the given performance qualifies as special material or musical parody (as opposed to stardards and popular songs of the day).


D. Inventory

1. Total Number Of Performances
The listings above show that Peggy Lee made a total of 138 performances for Bing Crosby radio programming. Of those, 42 were solo vocals, and 96 were duets or trios.

2. Reprisals: "It's A Good Day"
As attested by the above-seen listings, Lee sang some selections on more than one episode of the show. The most reprised number was one of her own compositions, "It's A Good Day," which she and Crosby performed as a duet in 4 different episodes.

3. Total Number Of Song Titles
When the reprises are subtracted from the 138 total number of performances, the new, reduced total comes to 112 or 114 songs. (Depending on the viewer's opinion, two of these reprises could be excluded, or they could kept. One reprise is the Christmas version of "Mañana," which features the same music as but different lyrics from the original version. The other number is "On A Slow Boat To Memphis And Macon," which is a parody of "On A Slow Boat To China," with the same music but, once again, different lyrics.)





Sessions Reported: 48

Performances Reported: 138

Unique Songs Reported: 114

Unique Issues Reported: 198